Storm hit central Kampot injuring six

Kampot Province —  A pregnant woman and six villagers were injured during a big rainstorm in Dang Tong District on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said on Wednesday. Pa Bunna, Districts’ Administration Director said the storm happened between 2 and 2:30 PM. Authorities tried to reach the victims of the natural disaster. Two communes of the district, Kcheay Khang Choeung and Tong, got the worse of the rain impact, destroying 20 houses and damaging 47, added Bunna. 

Dang Tong District, about 40 kilometers northeast of Kampot City, is an object of big raining such as one year ago when several houses were put down by the natural phenomenon. A pregnant woman, Chaeam Samot, 32, was badly injured when the roof fall down to her, reported commune’s chief of Kcheay Khang Choueng, Meas Nin. The woman was brought to the Kampot Provincial hospital with other victim whose identification was not reported, according to Saraek Krasang, chief village of Chhay Lueng.

According to Keo Vy, Deputy Director of Information at the National Committee for Disaster Management, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Takeo, Kampot and Prey Veng have been the most affected Cambodian provinces by heavy raining this year. During the first eight months of 2013 there were 154 storms reported killing 29 persons and injuring 110, while 1,738 houses have been destroyed and 6,486 others got a big damage. This numbers are much superior to the reports of 2012 with 20 persons killed by the natural disaster, 49 injured, 953 houses destroyed and 2,612 damage during the same period.

‘Families are building their houses without following basic standards and in a much vulnerable way before storms like this,’ said Keo Vy.

Last September 3 the Ministry of Meteorology prevented from big floods in the Cambodian central plateau, central lowlands and coastal provinces like Preah Sihanouk and Kampot after September 6, warning authorities and civilians to avoid risks and report events that could be disastrous.

Report by Ben Sokhean (sokheanbs@gmail.com) for I See Cambodia. 

 

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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