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Coastal zones braced for stormy conditions

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A fishing boat adrift at sea in Preah Sihanouk province on January 21. Hong Menea

Coastal zones braced for stormy conditions

With forecast strong winds at sea in the coming week, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has warned residents and fishermen in coastal areas to exercise caution.

A September 24 forecast by the ministry predicted that storms will occur from September 27-30, as the result of a low pressure system over the South China Sea.

The storm front has traversed eastward along the Dangrek Mountain range, reaching the Cambodia-Laos border.

The forecast also warned that the north eastern plateau, the northern plateau and the north western central lowlands may experience moderate to high rainfall from September 26-28. Additionally, the coastal zone could witness moderate to heavy rainfall, accompanied by strong winds and high waves.

“Local authorities and residents in the area – especially fishermen and sailors – should remain vigilant to avoid potential accidents,” it advised.

Preah Sihanouk deputy provincial governor Long Dimanche explained that the provincial authorities closely monitor weather conditions. Their vigilance is crucial, due to the province’s proximity to the coast and its many islands, where earn their living from fishing activities.

“We consistently share weather updates with the public, and we are fully prepared to conduct rescues on and around the islands. We regularly communicate with fishermen in particular, and deploy officials and safety equipment in case of emergency,” he added.

Upon receiving the notice from the ministry, Kep provincial governor Som Piseth advised the authorities and the public to exercise increased caution. He specifically instructed members of the armed forces to prepare rescue equipment in case it became necessary.

“We have requested that fishermen, tourists, and island residents exercise additional caution while travelling by sea. If the situation worsens, we will announce the suspension of tourist boats and fishing,” he added.


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