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Floods in Cambodia kill more than 100

October 9, 2013

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — At least 104 people have died in recent floods in Cambodia caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks, a disaster relief official said Wednesday.

Disaster management committee spokesman Keo Vy said floods in the past several weeks have affected some 1.5 million people in 17 of the country’s 24 provinces.

Keo Vy said that water levels were receding in some provinces around the massive Tonle Sap lake, but that floods still posed a major threat for much of the country.

The Cambodian Red Cross says more than 21,700 families have left their homes due to flooding.

Fatalities and dislocations caused by floods are an annual problem for Cambodia at this time of year. About 250 people were killed in 2011 in the worst flooding in a decade, according to the government.

Only 14 people were reported killed by flooding in the relatively dry year of 2012.

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