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14 Cambodians die in floods: official

September 16, 2011

PHNOM PENH - Fourteen Cambodians, half of them children, have been killed in floods in recent days as heavy rains battered the kingdom, an official said Friday.

Rising waters have inundated large areas of the country, washing through towns and saturating thousands of hectares (acres) of rice paddies, Keo Vy of the National Committee for Disaster Management told AFP.

Five children under the age of 12 were among 11 killed in the central province of Kampong Thom over the past week, while a 13-year-old girl died after falling into floodwaters in northwestern tourist hub Siem Reap province.

In northern Preah Vihear province one child and a woman also drowned in the flooding, he said.

Cambodia's ministry of water resources and meteorology on Thursday issued a warning that a low-pressure system was developing over Laos and Thailand that would bring more heavy rains and rising river levels.

At least 12 people died when the Mekong river flooded last month, Keo Vy said.

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