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39 dead, thousands displaced in Cambodia floods

Over 483,000 people impacted as heavy rains trigger floods, landslides in 19 provinces, local media reports

Riyaz ul Khaliq   | 23.10.2020
39 dead, thousands displaced in Cambodia floods FILE PHOTO


At least 39 people have died in flooding in Cambodia, local media reported on Friday.

According to the country’s National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), some 22 of the fatalities have been reported in the northwestern Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodian daily Khmer Times reported.

Heavy rains since September have triggered floods and landslides in at least 19 of the country’s 25 provinces, including the capital Phnom Penh, the report said.

Some 120,785 families, or over 483,100 people, have been impacted, with 11,554 families – 46,216 people – evacuated to safer areas, the NCDM said.

Heavy rains and floods have also ravaged neighboring Vietnam, where at least 84 people, including rescue workers, have been killed in the past week.

At least 38 people are still missing in the country, the report said.

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