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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Flood costs to surpass $100mn

Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Mom Kunthear and Don Weinland
People walk through floodwaters last week in Chong Kroch village, in Prey Veng province's Pea Reang district. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
Phnom Penh Post

PERSISTENT flooding in several areas of the Kingdom could result in more than US$100 million worth of damage, the National Committee for Disaster Management said yesterday.

Flood waters have killed 207 people since early September and forced more than 32,000 families from their homes, according to data from the NCDM. More than 445,530 hectares of the country’s most important agricultural product, rice paddy, have either been affected or destroyed. About 160 bridges are submerged, while 2,962 kilometres of roads have been impaired.

The dollar figure has ballooned since late last month as estimates on road, crop and building damages from Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces have become available.

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