- Wednesday, 03 October 2012
- Phak Seangly
A storm brewing in the South China Sea will hit Cambodia tomorrow, causing heavy downpours, wind and flooding in up to 13 provinces, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology warned yesterday.
Tropical Storm Gaemi was yesterday a low pressure system about 700 kilometres west of Danang, Vietnam, but will develop into a larger storm, also crossing parts of Laos and Thailand, over the next four days.
Fishermen in Koh Kong, Kep, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk provinces have been told to postpone fishing over the weekend and stay on high alert.
The storm is expected to cross Cambodia tomorrow and depart Monday.
Nak Seng, a fishermen’s representative from Troy Koh commune in Kampot, said some fishermen would venture out despite expected waves of up to 2.5 metres.
“We won’t go far from the shore, and we’ll come back when we see the storm,” he said.
In his announcement, Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lem Kenhor said Gaemi would cause heavy rain, wind and floods in the higher-up provinces of Kampong Cham, Mondulkiri, Ratanakkiri, Kratie, Stung Treng, Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear; lower-lying Siem Reap and Kampong Thom as well as Koh Kong, Kep, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk.
Meanwhile, more than 200 families in Banteay Meanchey’s O’Chrou district face emergency evacuation after Thai authorities in the border province of Sa Kaeo were forced to release water from an overfull dam on Monday.
Soung Muon, O’Beichoan commune chief in Banteay Meanchey’s O’chrou district, said that water levels had increased by more than half a metre yesterday as authorities prepared to move villagers to higher ground.
“It doesn’t rain here, but water is increasing a lot. We could assume that it flows from Thailand, and about 200 families might be evacuated soon. We are observing the sutation,” he said.
The National Committee for Disaster Management will revisit the province tomorrow.
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