Rainstorms take toll on coastal provinces

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Strong winds flattens a home in O’Krasar commune of Kep province’s Damnak Changaur district on Wednesday. FACEBOOK

Recent powerful storms and heavy rains have damaged property in coastal provinces with the weather forecast to remain in its current state until early August.

In Kep province, 86 houses in O’Krasar commune of Kep town were severely damaged by continuous rainstorms over two days, according to local police on July 29.

Commune police chief Chhay Sokha told The Post that severe weather in the past two days had damaged houses in two villages in O’Krasar commune, including 18 houses that were destroyed and 68 had roofs damaged. There were no injuries or deaths.

“On July 27, rainstorms affected 16 houses in O’Krasar village On July 28, heavy rains and strong winds damaged another 70 houses, including 18 houses in Damnak Chambok village and 52 houses in O’Krasar village. But no one was injured,” he said.

Sokha said Kep provincial deputy governor Som Piseth on July 28 mobilised forces to assist in repairing houses and provide assistance to affected families.

In Koh Kong province, rainstorms with increasing intensity occurred in Khemarak Phoumin town and the districts of Mondul Seima, Thma Bang, Botum Sakor and Sre Ambel, but no homes were affected.

Sok Sothy, provincial hall deputy governor and spokesman, told The Post: “At the moment, all of Koh Kong province is covered by heavy rains and strong winds.

“Although there are currently no reports from town-district authorities on the impact on people’s homes, our provincial administration continues to call on residents to be vigilant about this natural disaster, especially fishermen who should temporarily suspend fishing.”

According to the weather forecast by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology released on July 27, rainstorms will continue until August 3, especially in coastal provinces.

The ministry also called on all people in the areas to be vigilant about the weather and sea conditions that could endanger lives.