Flood death toll rises to 45 in Cambodia

August 21st, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

At least 45 people in Cambodia have died and thousands of families have been evacuated from homes to higher grounds in floods caused by monsoon rains and rivers overflowing their banks, a senior official said Thursday.

“In the past three weeks, floods have claimed 45 lives in Cambodia,” Nhim Vanda, first Vice President of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said during a flood damage assessment meeting. …

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Flooding delays school term across country

August 18th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

The start of the school year has been delayed for a month due to flooding that has affected many of the country’s schools this month, the Ministry of Education said Sunday.

Ros Salin, spokesman and cabinet chief for the ministry, said that the school year will begin on November 1 rather than October 1 as originally planned. …

Ouch Sony

Flooding chaos drives families onto safe hill

August 14th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Recent flooding has claimed another victim, a child in Kratie province who drowned, bringing the total death toll to 30, Keo Vy, cabinet director at the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said yesterday.

While water levels are declining across the 12 provinces affected by flooding, the situation is still dire for villagers evacuated to safe hills in Kratie. …

Mai said 168 families from his village had been moved to the Ta Khem safe hill because of the floods. Villagers are crowded together and finding enough food remains a constant challenge, he added. …

Pech Sotheary and Charles Rollet

Flooding’s deadly toll rises

August 12th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The death toll from lethal floods has climbed to 27, with more than 10,000 families across 12 provinces evacuated from their homes to escape rising floodwaters, according to a report from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

The report, released yesterday, also shows that almost 90,000 hectares of crops have been inundated and more than 50,000 houses damaged by floodwater.

Keo Vy, NCDM cabinet chief, said the financial cost of the devastation is still not known. …

Pech Sotheary and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Nationwide flood death toll reaches 20

August 11th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

The death toll as a result of this year’s seasonal floods has continued to rise with officials now putting the number at 20.

Keo Vy, cabinet chief at the National Committee for Disaster Management, said eight are confirmed dead in Kompong Cham province, three from Stung Treng province, two each from Prey Veng and Kandal provinces and one from Tbong Khmum province. …

Ouch Sony

Toll climbs as floods recede

August 11th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The death toll from recent floods has climbed to 20 while rivers engorged with floodwater have completely swept away 10 houses, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.

In Prey Veng, the body of a police officer who slipped into a river while helping people build a dam was recovered on Friday after the man was missing for two days.

Long Buntheoun, police chief in Prey Veng province’s Sithor Kandal district, said Morng Mun’s body was found floating at 6am. Mun’s family is currently preparing his funeral. …

Pech Sotheary

Flooding claims six more, while fears grow for officer

August 8th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Six people across the country, including two young children, died in flood-related incidents yesterday, bringing the total number killed so far this rainy season to 17, according to government figures.

Keo Vy, cabinet director at the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that fatalities were recorded yesterday in Kampong Cham, Kandal and Prey Veng provinces. …

Pech Sotheary

Hun Sen lambasts disaster management official

August 8th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Prime Minister Hun Sen lambasted a senior official in the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) on Thursday after announcing that he would allocate money to aid victims of recent floods that have killed a total of 12 people.

Speaking at the Chaktomuk Conference Hall for the closing of the sixth national assembly for the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), where his wife Bun Rany was again elected as the organization’s president, Mr. Hun Sen scolded Nhim Vanda, first vice chairman of NCDM, for two unreliable reports about damaged rice fields in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces. …

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Death toll from floods rises to 8 in 4 provinces

August 6th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Four more people were confirmed dead Tuesday due to rising flood waters in several provinces, bringing the total number of fatalities in this year’s rainy season flooding to eight, while some 4,000 families have now had to evacuate their homes.

National Committee for Disaster Management vice president Nhem Vanda said Tuesday that, in addition to the four deaths confirmed as of Sunday, one more person in Stung Treng province and another in Tbong Khmum province were also confirmed dead. …

Ouch Sony

Officials remain calm despite flood deaths

August 4th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Four people have died in flooding that has affected nine provinces over the past week, officials said Sunday. Two people died in flooding in Kratie province, one in Stung Treng province and another in Kandal province.

The flooding has risen above the emergency levels in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces, according to Nhim Vanda, deputy director of the National Committee for Disaster Management. …

Ouch Sony

Homes move due to floods

July 25th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Coastal erosion became serious enough in Kampong Cham province for authorities to dismantle and move 13 houses along the Mekong.

Officials are planning to do the same for about 100 others to prevent them from falling into the river due to rising water levels over the past few days, Heng Vanny, Srei Santhor district governor, said. Affected homes are located in Koh Andet commune’s Korki village. …


Pech Sotheary

CPP official alleges embezzlement of roads budgets

July 11th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

A senior government official has accused authorities involved in the construction and repair of the nation’s roads of embezzling a significant portion of the money budgeted to them.

Nhim Vanda, the first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, on Wednesday added his voice to a small but growing chorus of criticism within the ruling CPP about the state of the country’s roads. …

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Gov’t says it’s ready for floods

July 10th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The National Committee for Disaster Management said yesterday that the government has made provisions for this year’s rainy season.

More than 10,000 tonnes of rice, emergency supplies and rescue vehicles have been prepared ahead of predicted flooding, committee deputy director Nhim Vanda said yesterday at a workshop in the capital. …

Pech Sotheary

Weather damage: Storms ruin dozens of lives, homes

May 12th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

At least 31 people were killed and 64 injured by storms during the first four months of this year, according to figures from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

Keo Vy, cabinet director at the NCDM, said strong winds and rains led to three deaths and 45 injuries in the first four months of 2014. A further 28 people were killed and 19 injured by lightning in the same period, he said. …

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Six lightning deaths, dozens of homes destroyed in storms

May 2nd, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

At least six people were killed by lightning this week in storms that destroyed dozens of homes across several provinces, officials said Thursday.

Keo Vy, cabinet chief for the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said that the six deaths had occurred between Monday and Wednesday as a result of lightning strikes.

“Lightning is a natural disaster and we are always educating people, especially those in the countryside, to be more careful,” Mr. Vy said. “We also inform them of weather updates from the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.” …

Cambodia has one of the highest death-by-lightning rates in the world, with 7.8 deaths per million people between 2007 and 2011. The worst year on record for lightning deaths was 2011, when 165 deaths were reported.

Ben Sokhean