Typhoon Ketsana kills 11 in Cambodia: official

PHNOM PENH, Sept 30, 2009 (AFP) - Typhoon Ketsana has killed at least 11 people in northeastern and central Cambodia, police and government officials said Wednesday.

Nine were killed and 28 injured in central Cambodia while two died in the northeast overnight as the country was battered by the storm, officials said.

"At least nine people were crushed last night when their houses fell down," said Chea Cheat, chief of the Red Cross office in central Kampong Thom province.

Chea Cheat added that at least 78 houses in his province were destroyed Tuesday evening and that heavy rain and rising floods were continuing.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their inundated homes, Ray Rai, police chief of northeastern Ratanakiri province, told AFP.

Seth Vannareth, director of Cambodia's department of meteorology, said Cambodians were experiencing high flooding but the storm's high winds were decreasing it moved over the country.

"It will be not very strong anymore. It is not a typhoon anymore," she said.

At least 284 were killed in the Philippines and Vietnam as Ketsana wreaked havoc across the region.

International organisations and government officials in Cambodia said they were distributing tents and food to affected people while assessing damage across at least five of the country's provinces.

Source: AFP

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