Flooding in Cambodia leaves at least 11 dead

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (AP) – Flooding in Cambodia has killed at least 11 people since the beginning of the month, a disaster official announced yesterday.

Seasonal rains were made worse by a tropical storm, which caused flash floods in several provinces last week, said Khun Sokha, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management.

Among the 11 dead, 10 have reportedly drowned in floodwaters and one was killed by lightning, he said. Several hundred families have been evacuated to higher ground, he said.

On Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered local authorities to mobilise assistance to those affected. The Department of Public Works and Transportation yesterday banned trucks from roads that were inundated in two worst-hit provinces in the country’s northwest, Battambang and Pursat.

Soldiers help a woman get to safety over flood waters in a village in Cambodia’s western Battambang province, following heavy rains in the region. PHOTO: AFP