Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cambodia Is Ready To Take On The Floods

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Recently the South West of Cambodia has been struck by flooding. The floods are caused by storms coming from the South region of Asia. This state of emergency is going to last until September 15, according to Dr. Seth Vannareth, Director of Meteorology Department in the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MoWRAM).

By order of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, all ministries and local authorities will assist the people in the flooded cities and provinces. The Prime Minister asked all provincial and district and commune council members to prepare and take measurements in helping the people affected by the flood and help them to avoid danger. He also appealed to Cambodian Red Cross and other concerned international organizations to prepare humanitarian aids, food supplies, medicines and other materials to help the affected people incase if there will be more floods.

“Although we cannot prevent natural disasters or the floods, the Royal Government of Cambodia will not allow any people to die from floods. To protect our people from this, we now must take the necessary measures and actions in helping and rescuing the people. Therefore, I would like to appeal to all concerned ministries, authorities and local authorities to take actions and work hard together to help our people in Cambodia,” the Premier said when visiting the flooded situations in Kampot province on September 7.

Ly Touch, Senior Minister and Vice-President of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that to prepare and prevent the possibility of flooding, the Royal Government under the wise leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen is now working very hard in preparing and sending materials, medical supplies and humanitarian aid in helping the people affected by the floods throughout the country.

Ly Touch said that the government now is also preparing and deploying hundred thousands of forces including armed forces, police forces, military police forces, air forces, and civilian officers to position at the flooded areas in cities and provinces in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
He said continued that the government now has also prepared the boats, vehicles and other supplies for rescuing the victims and animals from flooding and affected areas.

“To rescue our people from the flooding, the government now has already prepared and taking measures and actions to help our affected people. We hope that due to our preparations, hard work and strong commitment, we will able help and rescue our people from flooding,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a telephone interview on September 10.

Ly Touch said that according to a report provinces that are currently flooded included Kratie, Stung Treng, Kampong Thom, Chi Kreng district in Siem Reap, Serey Sophorn district in Banteay Meanchey with over 20,000 people and 10,000 hectares of rice affected by flooding.

Uy Samath, Director of the Disaster Management of Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), said that to help the victims and people affected by flood, the Cambodia Red Cross has been distributing over 10 tones of rice, noodles and other supplies in Kampot province.

He said that CRC now is also working hard in preparing and sending the humanitarian assistances including foods, rice, noodle, medicines, and other materials for helping the affected people at all affected areas or provinces. He said that so far, Cambodian Red Cross has donated over 10 tones of rice, foods and other materials for people affected by floods in Kampot province. He added that the Cambodian Red Cross will continuing to send humanitarian assistance for other affected people in Kampong Thom, Stung Treng, Kratie and other affected flooded provinces in Cambodia.

Vannareth said that the storms will be causing more rain, lightening, thunders in Rattanakiri, Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong, Banteay Meanchey, Pailin, Battambang, Siem Reap, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom provinces and in Kravanh Mountain areas, and urges in inhabitants to be careful.

According to a report of the National Committee for Disaster Management, there have been a total of six Cambodians casualties from recent floods in Kampot and Sihanouk provinces.


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