At least 13 people have been killed by severe flooding triggered by tropical storm Noru, which hit Vietnam on Wednesday and has left residents in five provinces fearing for their livelihoods.
National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) spokesman, Soth Kim Kolmony, said on Wednesday that continuous heavy rains have caused serious flooding across Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Kompong Thom, Pursat and Oddar Meanchey provinces.
On September 27, Kampong Speu Provincial Administration issued a warning to residents living along Prek Tnaot River, especially people those in lowland areas, to take caution as water levels were rapidly rising.
In order to ensure safety and prevent any accidents, authorities told the people living in vulnerable areas to remain vigilant and find safe places to avoid danger. Residents were also urged to inform authorities on any issues.
“This situation caused the Prek Tnaot river to flood in some areas and affect crops, houses, infrastructure and even endangered people’ lives,” the statement said.
On September 24, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announced the northwestern provinces of Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Ratanakiri, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Pailin, Battambang and Pursat will have moderate rainfall due to the effects of storms and low pressure.
These provinces may receive moderate to heavy rainfall and, combined with rainfall from Thailand which can cause flash floods, cause waterways to overflow. The ministry also reminded the relevant ministries, institutions, and local authorities to take caution.
Kun Kim, first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said he has been closely involved with new natural phenomena. He added he responded immediately in severe flooding areas.
“I am following the latest developments on natural phenomena according to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announcement. Authorities in all flooded provinces must be ready 24 hours a day to help residents,” Kim told Kiripost on Wednesday.
“We are already prepared for the situation and have ordered all disaster Management Secretariat and forces rescue teams to prepare to rescue residents in the event of a strong typhoon,” he added.