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Flash floods kill four in Cambodia: Official

Last Updated: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 19:25

Phnom Penh: Four Cambodians,
including a four-year-old boy, have been swept to their deaths
in flash flooding in recent days as heavy rains battered the
country, officials said on Saturday.

Three men drowned in different provinces, while a child
disappeared during flooding in the Phnom Penh area and is
presumed dead, the National Committee for Disaster Management
(NCDM) said.

"The floods hit many parts of Cambodia, but at the moment
they have subsided," said Keo Vy of NCDM. "We are on very high
alert about flooding."

Bad weather also forced officials at Cambodia`s UN-backed
Khmer Rouge tribunal to temporarily relocate high-profile
Khmer Rouge leaders currently awaiting trial for crimes,
including genocide, during the "Killing Fields" era.

A court spokesman said Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Khieu
Samphan and Nuon Chea had been taken to a new building at an
undisclosed location.

Former prison chief Kaing Guek Eav or Duch, who was
sentenced in July to 30 years imprisonment for war crimes and
crimes against humanity, was also among those moved.

Keo Vy said the deaths are the first due to flooding in
Cambodia this year. He said 43 people were killed when typhoon
Ketsana hit the country last year.

Thousands were affected by the storms and floods engulfed
large swathes of Siem Reap province, home to the temples of
Angkor Wat.


First Published: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 19:25
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