01 October, 2009

Dozen dead by Typhoon Ketsana

At least 12 are dead and dozens injured after Typhon Ketsana slammed into northern parts of Cambodia yesterday morning, leaving in its wake downed trees, flooded villagers and hundreds of destroyed homes.

Eight people were killed instantly in Kompong Thom province Tuesday night when the storm razed their homes. The storm was very strong and quick. The villagers could not prepare to leave their houses on time...

More than 50 soliders and policemen have been dispatched by provincial authorities to Sandan district to help move villagers from flooded areas.

In additional to the nine killed in Kompong Thom, a cave-in house killed one more in Siem Reap province. In Ratanakiri Province, the body of two villagers who went missing Tuesday was discovered yesterday morning. And one was died in Kaleng commune after being struck by falling tree.

They really need shelters, tents, safe drinking water, food items. More than 100 houses have been reported destroyed and 400 badly damaged by heavy winds in Kompong Thom alone.

Typhone Ketsana, whick has wreaked havoc across Southeast Asia over the past week that killing dozens in Vietnam and hundreds in the Philippine.

Nevertheless, the effect of Ketsana’s flash flooding will linger for some time. Villagers in Ratanakiri were stunned by how quickly the water rose. The rain alone can not cause the water to rise this quickly, this cause suspected Vietnam had opened floodgates on its uprise dam.

Sited from: Cambodia Daily


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