PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — At least 30 people in Cambodia have died in recent floods caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks, a disaster relief official said Monday.
Keo Vy of Cambodia's disaster management committee the floods have also forced more than 9,000 families to flee their homes and destroyed nearly 247,000 acres of rice fields.
He added that nearly 67,000 houses were damaged or submerged, as well as 513 schools, 300 Buddhist pagodas and 25 health centers. Nine of the country's 24 provinces have been affected so far, he said.
Four people died Sunday night when their car drove into a flooded pond in the eastern province of Prey Veng, police said.
The government warned that the rains will continue as Typhoon Wutip headed toward neighboring Vietnam late Monday.