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Flooding claims at least 97 lives in Cambodia.

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 26 Kyodo

Flooding that has hit Cambodia since last month has claimed around 100 lives, a government official said Monday.

Phay Siphan, spokesman of the Council of Ministers, said at least 97 people, including a British national, have died.

He said 14 out of 24 provinces and cities nationwide have been hit by the flooding caused by heavy rainfall.

Thousands of livestock have died and at least 40,000 hectares of rice fields have been affected.

Kompong Cham is the worst-affected province, with the death toll at 29, followed by Kompong Thom at 19, Prey Veng at 15 and Kratie at 14.

Last week, in Siem Reap Province, nearly 200 tourists from several countries had to be airlifted by helicopter from the popular, centuries-old temple of Banteay Srei, some 25 kilometers northeast of Angkor Wat, after they became stranded due to flooded roads.

Chairing a special Cabinet meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered authorities at all levels to ensure the rescue of victims and the provision of relief supplies.
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