Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ketsana in Cambodia - update

Agence France-Presse - 10/1/2009 3:57 AM GMT
Toll from Typhoon Ketsana rises to 14 in Cambodia: official

The death toll from Typhoon Ketsana in Cambodia rose to at least 14 on Thursday with thousands of people affected by the storm, government officials said.

Three more people were killed Wednesday, including one crushed when his house collapsed and two who drowned in flash floods in the country's northwest, said Ly Thuch, deputy chief of the National Committee for Disaster Management.

The storm weakened to a tropical depression Wednesday, but officials said fierce winds destroyed 40 more houses in northwestern Siem Reap and flooded large swathes of the province which is home to the famed Angkor Wat temples.

Nine were killed and 35 injured in central Cambodia while two died in the northeast as the country was battered by the storm Tuesday evening. At least 100 houses were completely destroyed while more than 400 others were damaged.

"Thousands of people are estimated to be affected by typhoon Ketsana although we have not fully collected the figures," Ly Thuch told AFP before meeting with humanitarian agencies to further assess the damage.

He said local authorities and Red Cross officials were working to provide emergency assistance to victims who had lost their homes or been displaced by flooding.

Seth Vannareth, director of Cambodia's department of meteorology, said rains still continued in some parts of the country and warned of flash floods.

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