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September 29

  • PM Orders Timely Response to Floods

    Cambodianess / By Torn Chanritheara
    PHNOM PENH – Prime Minister Hun Manet has ordered authorities to be ready to intervene and help people in provinces affected by floods. Pursat has become another province hit hard. In a voice message on Sept. 29, Hun Manet told authorities at all levels to prepare all means and material to rescue people. “Monitor and respond timely in case of floods in the area of responsibility,” he told capital and provincial governors. The PM also instructed Senior Minister Kun Kim, first deputy chairman of the National Committee for Disaster Management, to monitor the situation with governors and prepare additional relief. He also told national police commissioner, the commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, the Royal Gendarmerie, and the commanders of the Army, Navy and Air forces to make the necessary forces and materials ready to be sent to affected areas. The PM asked Aun Porn Moniroth, Minister of Economy and Finance, to release food and equipment needed by the people in the event of of requests from the capital and provinces. He told the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to prepare rice seeds and other materials needed for replanting crops. Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Tbong Khmum, Kratie, Sihanoukville and Koh Kong provinces were reportedly affected by floods. In Pursat province, the Pursat river reached an alarming level and water started to flood houses in Pursat town. Keo Vay, director of the Department of Water Resources and Meteorology of Pursat province, called on people living along the river to be more careful and prepare to find a safe place as the river rose. Kun Kim arrived in Pursat earlier in the day to monitor the situation. Water from the  Sangke river flooded parts of Battambang town and other districts on Sept. 29.
    Kampong Thom | Environment
  • Kampong Thom Bears Brunt as Floods Hit Provinces,

    Cambodianess / By Lay Sopheavotey
    Kampong Thom | Environment
  • Cambodia Detects a First Zika Case, Urges Vigilance

    Cambodianess / By Torn Chanritheara
    PHNOM PENH — A girl in Kampong Thom province has tested positive for Zika, becoming the first case of the disease in the cou The Ministry of Health said on Sept. 24 that the 7-year-old girl from Baray District’s Chong Doung commune, was admitted to the district hospital on Sept 18 with high fever, and going through vomiting and diarrhea. She was tested for dengue fever but the result was negative, the ministry said. The staff then sent samples to the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh for analysis on Sept. 20. The institute determined on Sept 21 that this was a case of Zika. According to the Ministry’s press release issued on Facebook, this virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes just like dengue fever or the chikungunya virus. It can also be transmitted during sexual intercourse from one infected person to another since this virus lives in blood, saliva or other liquid substances inside the body. This means that an infected mother can transmit the virus to her baby during pregnancy or while giving birth, the ministry mentions in its statement, adding that infection during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with microcephaly, that is, with a head smaller than expected. The symptoms appear two to three days after a person has been bitten and infected by a mosquito, the ministry explains in its statement. These symptoms will include rash, fever, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise and headaches. They last around seven days and this involves low possibility of death, the ministry noted in its statement. Since there is no clear treatment process, the ministry recommends that infected people be treated according to their symptoms including resting, drinking water and using medication to lower their temperature if need be. In its statement, the Ministry of Health also called on people to take measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes such as wearing clothes that cover their bodies and sleep under mosquito nets. Women who are pregnant or plan to soon have a child should stay away from areas where cases of Zika have been confirmed, the Ministry of Health said.   
    Kampong Thom | Health
  • CQS certification boosts fishery production

    Phnom Penh Post / Orm Bunthoeurn
    Kampong Thom | Business Environment
  • Urgent flood warnings issued for three provinces

    Phnom Penh Post / Bor Pich Zelin, Kim Yutharo
    Kampong Thom | Environment