Floodwaters Subside Following Tropical Storm Vamco

After tropical storm Vamco battered Cambodia’s coast and northwest provinces last week, causing flooding, damaging crops, and killing two in Battambang province, the floodwaters have largely subsided and people are returning home, officials said Monday.

“Our primary concern has ended,” said Soeum Bunrith, Battambang provincial administration director.

He said 1,051 houses and more than 2,000 cassava and rice fields had been damaged in Battambang province, but that by Monday most of the evacuated villagers had returned home.

“Now provincial authorities are educating the affected people about sanitation, because we are concerned they could face issues such as diarrhea,” he added. Keo Vy, cabinet chief of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that the storm resulted in two deaths.

“A 13-year-old girl died [Sunday] at her house in Bavel district, Bavel commune [after] she was hit by a sudden surge of water when she left her house,” he said.

On Friday an 83-year-old woman drowned in Sangke district’s O’Dambang I commune while picking morning glory.

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