10,000 evacuated in Cambodia Because of Flood; rice Harvest hit

Buddhist monks walk through a flooded pagoda following recent rains on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. A Cambodian disaster official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 people have been evacuated to safety places after a tropical storm hit the country, causing the flash flood. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Over 10,000 people are evacuated in Cambodia following a tropical storm triggered flash flooding, an official said Wednesday.

Seasonal rains made worse from the storm caused flooding in 19 of the nation’s 25 provinces, impacting 140,000 people whatsoever, said Khun Sokha, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management.

The flood also destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of rice,” he explained. The capital, Phnom Penh, wasn’t severely hit, though authorities transferred over 500 households in a southern portion of the town to safer ground.

They’re predicted to last until this weekend as two tropical storms are put to strike Cambodia in the upcoming few days.

Transport has also been changed, with trucks prohibited from many significant streets in the worst-hit states to prevent damaging their surfaces. Another street leading south from Phnom Penh was closed to vehicles due to a bridge that was diminished by the floodwaters.