Cambodia floods claims 30 lives
PHNOM PENH - At least 30 people in Cambodia have died in recent floods caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks.
- Published: 30/09/2013 at 05:42 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
A Cambodian vendor pushes her bicycle through a flooded village as she sells sandwich at Koh Phos along the Mekong River, Kandal province, near Phnom Penh, on Sunday. (AP photo)
Keo Vy of Cambodia's disaster management committee said Monday that the floods have forced more than 9,000 families to flee their homes and destroyed nearly 100,000 hectares of rice fields.
He says that nearly 67,000 homes and hundreds of schools were damaged or submerged. Neighboring Thailand and Laos are suffering similar flooding.
Police say four people, believed to be Syrian, died Sunday night when their car drove into a flooded pond. A survivor who was unable to speak Khmer or English pointed to Syria on a map, police said.
The government warned that the rains will continue as Typhoon Wutip headed towards neighbouring Vietnam late Monday.
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