PREY Nop, Cambodia: As heavy storms continue to strike here, roads are being left damaged and residents are being evacuated to safety after three people died and a sinkhole opened on National Road 3 in this area.
Last week, the Cambodia Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry warned that coastal provinces such as Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong will be affected by floods, especially along National Road 4.
Over the weekend, major parts of the province, including Sihanoukville and Prey Nop district, were hit.
Sun Phan, a security guard who works at a construction site in Buon commune, yesterday said he woke up at about 12.30 a.m surrounded by water.
“I was sleeping on my bed then I felt something strange. Why was it so wet?” Phan said. “I opened my eyes and saw my room was flooded.” “I was scared and I ran to the third floor,” he added. “I left all my belongings behind.”
He said the recent collapse of a building under construction in Sihanoukville that killed 28 people made people concerned about disasters.
“Everything is wet, especially my rice, which I don’t think I can cook anymore,” Phan said. “The incident at the collapsed building in June made people concerned about natural disasters.”
Storms that began last week have so far killed three people.
Maj. Gen. Chuon Narin, chief of provincial police, identified one of the fatalities as Chia Qing Qing, 45, who was killed after a wall collapsed at a brick factory in Prey Nop district.
He added that two Cambodian constructions workers were also killed in Sihanoukville’s Muoy commune on Thursday.
“The workers built a small shelter near a brick wall,” Narin said. “As a result of heavy rain, the wall collapsed and crushed them.”