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Floods kill 11 in Cambodia

Flooding since early this month have caused the drowning of 11 people in Cambodia and injured two others in four of five affected provinces.

The affected provinces are Kratie, Stung Treng, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum and Preah Vihear.

Keo Vy, a spokesman for the Cambodia National Committee for Disaster Management, said 80,679 families were affected, of which 9,817 were evacuated to safer places.

“Eleven people died, five of whom were children, and two were injured by snake bites,” he said, noting that four died in Kratie, five in Kampong Cham, one in Tboung Khmum and another in Preah Vihear.

Vy was unable to provide details on when or where other fatalities died, but said that one person died in Preah Vihear province last September 6.

He said the floods also affected 219 schools, 142 pagodas, 26 health centers, 26,448 hectares of rice fields and 3,224 hectares of other crops.|

“Floodwaters in the five provinces have started to recede, but two other provinces, Kandal and Prey Veng, face flooding due to heavy rainfall,” Vy added.

He said authorities would evaluate the damage to crops in order to submit requests to relevant institutions to assist affected farmers when the waters recede.

Meanwhile, Kampong Chhnang province’s Kampong Leng district administration announced the temporary closure of a 40 kilometers stretch of Road 50C, which connects the district to Stung Sen City in Kampong Thom province, after flood water levels rose due to Mekong River floods.

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