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Strong gales destroy 57 homes in Kampong Speu

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Strong winds destroyed some 60 homes in Kampong Speu on May 21. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Strong gales destroy 57 homes in Kampong Speu

At least 57 houses in Rong Roeung commune of Kampong Speu province’s Thpong district were damaged by heavy rain and high winds on May 21, according to Thpong district police. Fortunately, no harm to people or livestock was reported.

District police chief Hun Sokhon said his officers had responded to calls for assistance. He added that 12 houses in Chambok Sar village, 18 in Rolaing Thloeung village and 27 in Thmey village were damaged.

“The storm blew in very suddenly at around 4pm, with no warning,” he said.

He reported that on the following day, local authorities visited and provided emergency supplies to affected families. He warned that further storms may occur, and urged local residents to exercise caution.

To the northwest, Battambang province’s Moung Russey district police chief Sar Kimlong said that on storms had damaged five houses in in Russey Kraing commune’s Neak Ta Tvear village on May 20.

He said that as of May 22, the weather had returned to normal.

In 2022, storms across the Kingdom killed three people and injured a further 71, some of them seriously. Over 1,100 homes were destroyed, while 9,533 were damaged. The roofs were torn off 64 school buildings, while 25 administrative buildings and four pagodas were damaged. Eight fishing boats were sunk.


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