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A DAILY SUMMARY OF LOCAL KHMER NEWS & EVENTS
presented by Senior News Editor Bruce MacGee

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31st July, 2021
One Death and Massive Fire At Virak Buntham Depot
There was a large fire in the parking lot of the Vireak Buntham Company, destroying a number of vehicles in the parking lot and the death of a known person.
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31st July, 2021
Cambodia restructures $5.5 billion worth of loans to ease people’s burden
Cambodia’s banking and financial institutions have restructured 22.2 trillion riel ($5.5 billion) in loans for 367,239 borrowers in the first half of this year, to ease the burden of the people as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak dampens economic activities, according to the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC).

The head of Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) Communications Department said the CMA’s 114 financial institution members – including four banks – had restructured more than $1.664 billion in loans for 348,094 clients as of July 11.

At the beginning of the year, the number of loan restructuring applications were fewer than 1,000 per week, but that figure jumped sharply after the third coronavirus outbreak – dubbed the “February 20 community event” marking the date it was first detected – peaking in April-May at around 20,000, before easing back over subsequent months to about 2,000 in the last week.
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30th July, 2021
Restaurant owners fight for survival as new curfew takes hold
Police were out in force in popular expat areas on Thursday night well ahead of a countrywide curfew in major cities taking hold. The government is taking action to stop the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant of the Coronavirus. As such it has ordered cities to institute a curfew between 9am and 3am, prohibited dine-in eating and put alcohol sales on hold for two weeks.
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29th July, 2021
Curfew declared in Phnom Penh, effective midnight Thursday to August 12
A curfew from 9pm to 3am will come into effect from Friday 30th of July to August 12, in one of the Government’s harshest measure to date to try and arrest the spike in COVID-19 cases – particularly the ‘Delta’ variant which is threatening to run loose in the country.

This new curfew is needed to prohibit and curb unwarranted activities which causes people to congregate and in the process, unwittingly aid in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in particular, the Delta Variant. This time encompassing all cities across the nation and all provincial capitals.

In addition to the curfew, re-imposition of the three colour coded zones to identify the hardest hit COVID areas will also be re-enforced, Red being severe, Orange with limited movement and Yellow for all clear.
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29th July, 2021
4 more die due to adulterated alcohol
It is reported that 4 people have died in Kampot after drinking adulterated alcohol yesterday – the latest in a surge of over 50 tainted alcohol deaths in Cambodia since May.

In addition, 10 people are receiving treatment in hospital after drinking the adulterated alcohol.
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28th July, 2021
ATM Ablaze In Toul Kork
A short circuit in the power line from the ATM, resulted in a huge flame that destroyed the ATM and damaged the near by building.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Fire Brigade dispatched several vehicles to help put out the fire.
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28th July, 2021
Cambodia ranks top in women workforce
The UNDP in Cambodia published a statement stating that the rate of women workers in the Kingdom is higher than others in the region. However, the wage gap between women and men remains a challenge.

It said that investing in policies promoting the employment of women is a positive factor which could raise the number of women in workplace. If men could stay home to take care of the newborns, then women could go to work. The government could promote the change of the social mindset to increase the rate of women in workplace.

Sexual harassment and violation of women’s labour rights happen also at workplace. To prevent this, the government should strengthen legal mechanisms to prevent and protect women from sexual harassment and other violations, the report said.
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27th July, 2021
Government dishes out $380 million in Cash Relief Program
The Royal Government of Cambodia has spent roughly $381 million for its cash relief program to support those hit hard by COVID-19 crisis. The financial support has been transferred to poor and vulnerable people since the program was launched in June last year.

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation said in a press release issued on July 24 that the cash relief program was completed for 5 rounds.

Some 658,857 families, composed of 2.6 million people in total, benefited from the program during the period, it stated.

Each poor family is given US$30 per month including an additional $10 per family member and another $10 for any children under the age of five, people with disabilities, senior citizens, or those who are HIV/AIDS positive.
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26th July, 2021
An true act of mercy
A woman who stole a can of milk powder to give to her sick grandmother was been released without charge by Phnom Penh police – and has been given $150 by the Kandal Provincial Prosecutor to help her feed her family.

In this case, the law showed a very human side and realsied that sometimes, help – not punishment is applicable.
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26th July, 2021
Sihanoukville Port Incident
There was a serious incident involving shipping containers in the international port in Sihanoukville. Containers fell on each other, but did not injure any of the staff.

There are two possible reasons: the weather, because at the time of the incident, Sihanoukville was affected by heavy rain and strong winds, and another may be from human error by the crane operator, who was working in the difficult weather conditions.
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26th July, 2021
Foreign national arrested for embezzling $600,000
A foreign national has been arrested after embezzling more than $ 600,000 in construction contract fees within Phnom Penh.

The suspect, a 41 Taiwanese national living in Sangkat Prey Sar, Khan Dangkor, Phnom Penh is a construction contractor.

He was arrested for alleged embezzlement in a lawsuit brought by six victims.
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25th July, 2021
Teenage girl stabbed in COVID centre by ‘mentally ill’ man
A seemingly unprovoked attack left a teenager with injuries at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh yesterday.

16-year-old Ouch Reachni – the sister of well known Cambodian boxer Ouch Thearith – needed multiple stiches to her neck and wrists when a ‘mentally ill’ man attacked her.

According to sources, the injuries were sustained when she tried to protect herself from the assailant, who was wielding a knife.
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24th July, 2021
Drug bust nets 50kg of Ice and Ketamine
Police on Tuesday arrested two men in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district., and seized more than 50kg of methamphetamine and ketamine.
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24th July, 2021
Kep beaches to receive makeover
The National Committee for Coastal Management and Development of Cambodia approved its support of the project to develop a high-level public beach resort in Kep province.

The development contract is between the state and the private sector to improve and create beaches, public recreation, public spaces and green spaces for the public and tourists. The development is in Prey Thom commune’s Thmey village in Kep city with a length of 2,700m, including a public beach at least 30m wide.
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24th July, 2021
Clubs, casinos, theatres suspended for another 14 days in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Capital Administration has announced the continued suspension of ‘high risk activities and businesses’ for the next 14 days. The following businesses and activities are suspended from zero on July 24, 2021 to August 6, 2021.

- Schools, including public and private vocational training schools, except for schools that offer online training.
- Karaoke bars, discotheques, beer gardens and casinos
- Resorts, museums and amusement parks
- Massage business
- Cinemas, art theaters, fitness clubs and sports centers.
- Public gatherings or private gatherings of more than 15 people are suspended.
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23rd July, 2021
Cambodian Sci-Fi ‘Karmalink’ to open Venice Critics’ Week
Cambodia-US sci-fi movie, Karmalink, the debut feature of director Jake Wachtel, will be the opening night film for the autonomous Critics’ Week section at Venice International Film Festival.

The film is written by Wachtel and Christopher Seán Larsen; it is produced by US first-time feature producer Valerie Steinberg for Valerie Steinberg Productions, whose previous credits include Sundance shorts Hair Wolf and Blocks, and Tribeca short Coffee Shop Names.

Set in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in the near-future, Karmalink follows a teenage boy who teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighbourhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams.
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22nd July, 2021
A Deaf Man survives being hit by Train
A train was traveling from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh and hit the man, who is reported to be deaf and aged 30 years old, residing Preah Sihanouk province. He was walking on the railway and suffered serious injuries but not life threatening.

The train did nor stop, and the victim was sent to Veal Renh private clinic for treatment.
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22nd July, 2021
Another One million doses of Sinopharm Vaccine to arrive today.
The Vaccination Program is an essential way to fight the Covid-19 epidemic in Cambodia. The Royal Government of Cambodia, led by Hun Sen, has launched the vaccination plan as a strategic way to combat the pandemic.

So far, Cambodia has received a total of 16 million doses of the vaccine. Of that, about 15.7 million doses are vaccines donated and purchased from China.
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21th July, 2021
One Dead, from Koh Rong Boat Blaze
A fuel leak on a small boat carrying small goods, court on fire out in the sea off Koh Rong. The incident resulted in the death of a 50 year old woman, but 10 other victims, including children, were rescued in time by a ferry sent out a short time later to rescue them.
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21th July, 2021
‘Mr. Tommy’ Wrecks BMW on Chroy Changvar Bridge
A BMW sports car driving at speed over the Chroy Changvar bridge carelessly hit the rear of a truck, causing serious damage to the front end of the luxury motor.

According to eyewitnesses, prior to the incident, the expensive car with personal license plate, ‘Mr Tommy’, was seen speeding from the roundabout and heading towards the new Chroy Changvar Bridge.

Later, the owner arranged for the car to be towed away for repairs.
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21th July, 2021
Illegal Drug Factory raided in Phnom Penh
Police Offices and the Anti-Drug Department of the Ministry of Interior, cracked down on illegal drug storage and packaging operation on Street M-03, Boeung Chhouk village.

5 suspects, initially believed to include foreigners nationals were arrested.
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20th July, 2021
Massive blaze engulfs Kep’s ‘White Horse’ market
Around 6pm last night, major fire damaged at least 120 stalls at Kep’s ‘White Horse’ market. The fire started at around

8 fire trucks and 40 water trucks where used to extinguish the blaze. A police source said that the fire was presumed to have been caused by an ‘electrical fault’ and that 121 stalls were damaged – many severely.
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20th July, 2021
Argument between couple ends in one disappearance
The couple rented a boat to for a leisurely ride on the river.
When they were near the middle of the river, the 2 Chinese began arguing, and the woman suddenly jumped into the water. The man jumped in after her to try to rescue her, but he was unable to save her. The boat owner rescued the man and brought him ashore, but the woman had disappeared.
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20th July, 2021
Seven tonnes of drugs go up in flames
Nearly eight tonnes of various drugs were destroyed when the National Authority for Combating Drug (NACD)’s committee for drug eradication set them ablaze yesterday.

Present to witness the destruction of 7,551,506.99 grammes at 8.30am in an open area in front of Aeon Market 3 along Hun Sen Street (Street 60 m) were NACD secretary-general, General Mok Chito and Deputy National Police Chief General Chuon Sovann, and some 50 other people.
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19th July, 2021
Armed Suspects arrested after Shootout
4 suspects were arrested by the Sala Krao District Police Inspectorate in cooperation in connection with an armed robbery case.

The robbery happened at 18:30 on July 17, 2021 at a plantation next to the stream in the village of O Russey Krom, Pailin Province.

Authorities said that after receiving the report , the specialized police force cooperated to investigate and search for suspects from the night of July 18, 2021 until the morning of July 19. Believing the suspects to be hiding out, groups led by Brigadier General Lor Puth, Deputy Inspector went out at 7.30 minutes in the morning to a cassava field. A motorbike passed by and the rider was called for questioning, but the suspect did not stop, and the force chased after him. Around five shots were fired at the police, and the force retaliated by exercising their right to self-defense.

Police said that until 13:00 on July 19, 2021, police continued to investigate and arrested 4 suspects:

The confiscated items include: 1 firearm, 1 air rifle, 1 knife 1 short, 7 large caliber bullets.
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18th July, 2021
Phnom Penh Beer Spill
2:40pm, Phnom Penh, a beer truck carrying cans of Cambodia shed its precious cargo along Prey Sar Road.

No one was injured in the incident. Staff called another truck and loaded the beer to be taken away.
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17th July, 2021
Gold plated Gunmen arrested in Phnom Penh
2 men – brandishing a distinctive gold plated gun – were arrested for firing shots in Phnom Penh.
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16th July, 2021
Logger’s Vehicles Torched at Pursat
Patrol office of the Cardamom Mountain Forest Protection Program, set fire to two logging vehicles that had been set illegally logging in a deep forest section of the protected area of Oral Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
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16th July, 2021
Out of control luxury car causes chaos in Phnom Penh
A luxury car slammed into a total of 5 vehicles before coming to a halt in front of a crowded market. According to astonished witnesses, the car – driving at extremley high speeds – first hit a motorcycle, then a tuk tuk then another car, causing injuries to a woman.

It then proceeded to jump a traffic light, hit another motorcycle – injuring another woman – before the car hit a drain cover in front of Toul Kork Market and then smashed into another car.
Ironically, the car’s final resting place was by a ‘No Parking‘ sign – yet another road regulation that the driver failed to obey.
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16th July, 2021
PM announces that 2 million 12-17 year olds will receive vaccine in Cambodia before schools reopen
The PM’s ambitious plans will mean Cambodia needs to secure another 4 million additional doses of vaccines, as the current target of 10 million people targeted for vaccination is only sufficient for Cambodians over 18.

Already, Phnom Penh has seen 99.6% of over 18s vaccinated, and it is hoped that extending the vaccination to under 18s will pave the way for the reopening of schools as well as improving the resilience of the Kingdom against the COVID pandemic – which has now claimed more than 1,000 lives and over 64,000 cases.
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15th July, 2021
Truck Sinks Into Fish Farm
According to sources at the scene the tuk-tuk and the turck were driving in the same direction along National Road 5 from north to south, the truck then swerved and hit the tuk tuk. The tuk tuk driver was slightly injured in the ensuing crash, but the truck then turned right into the fish pond and sank. The truck driver escaped unharmed.
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15th July, 2021
Travel ban between Cambodia and Vietnam from July 18
Cambodia has ordered a one-month travel ban between Cambodia and Vietnam to stop the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

The government has decided to suspend temporarily all travels in and out of both countries including that of skilled workers, technicians, and employees of Vietnamese companies for a month starting July 18 to stop and break the transmission of Covid-19.
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14th July, 2021
More Angkor Park Rosewood Trees Missing
The destruction of large trees in the Angkor Park area continues despite the authorities’ restrictions there.

In recent years, a group of traders have raided the rosewood growing in the Angkor Park area, which is controlled by the joint police force.

However, illegal traders can still take the opportunity to steal rosewood in the Angkor Park area without fear of legal action.

It remains to be seen whether the relevant authorities in Siem Reap and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can take measures to find the perpetrators who conspired to cut down the forest in the Angkor Park area.
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14th July, 2021
Nearly 70,000 tourists visit the country in the second weekend of July
Despite the ongoing pandemic, a total of 69,937 tourists were recorded in the country.

The number of tourists for the second weekend, was 5.23% lower than the first weekend of this month and 62.19% lower than the same period of last year.

Most of the tourists were domestic. 68,770 of the total tourists are nationals and 1,167 are foreign tourists.

The most visited destinations were Phnom Penh, then Kampot, Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu, Battambang, and Kandal.
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14th July, 2021
Cambodian gymnasts earn 2nd place in Korea Open Aerobic Competition 2021
Two Cambodian gymnasts, Has Sokhor and Mo Sreypov earned second place in the Korea Open Aerobic Competition 2021. The young Cambodian gymnasts competed in the mixed pair-age group II with three other countries: South Korea, Japan and Mongolia.

The 6th Korea Open Aerobic Competition was organised virtually for two days, from July 12-13, with the participation of 538 athletes of 310 teams from 30 countries, including Cambodia.
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13th July, 2021
Cambodians are suffering from Covid-19 fatigue and discrimination
The Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation’s Cambodia representative have both sounded on more than one occasion that Cambodia is at the red line and extreme measures will have to be taken to contain the spread of the pandemic.’

The pandemic has seen a surge despite almost 5 million people being vaccinated and last week, Phnom Penh declared more than a dozen districts as areas which are high risk for Covid-19 infections.

However, they failed to provide information as to how these areas could be classified as high risk when vaccination numbers were high and at more than 90 percent.’

In addition, the MoH should address issues pertaining to how it handles Covid-19 positive victims from the time of their detection to hospitalization, treatment and discharge.

They face discrimination from the positive stage to the time they are discharged and forced to stay home for 14 days.

In many cases, positive cases are left to wait for up to seven hours before am ambulance picks them up. There are cases where no medication is provided supposedly because the patient has no symptoms other than a paracetamol or a strip of Chinese Traditional Chinese medicine tables.

They remain in hospital or the quarantine cum treatment centres for days without medication, without tests and just left alone with occasional visits by nurses and hardly any doctors who are in short supply because of the huge number of cases.

The affected person’s home is also barricaded and this causes further mental anguish and trauma for the inhabitants, especially children.

Could these be part of the reasons for the people’s lethargic response to the warnings issued by the MoH, which seems to operate largely as a headless chicken and have many sub committees formed to look into implementation and leaving the MoH as just the figure head to issue meaningless case reports daily and other statements.

Testing centres are over flowing and it takes hours to be tested, increasing the possibility of contraction of the virus in these places. There are no controls and systems in place nor discipline as testing officials are lackadaisical in their testing approach and often start their testing process very late.

Are these the reasons why people are hesitant to get tested unless and until they are sure someone they knew or have been in contact with has been hit by the virus and hospitalised.

After more than 18 months of the infection rearing its head in Cambodia, there seem to be no standard operating procedures for many things which affects everybody.

If the Ministry of Health was to release specific information on where the cases are, which location, which province, which locality, which variant, people may be more alert to the virus. Otherwise, the lethargy will continue as there is no outlet for them to release their pent up stress – no cinemas, no museums, no gymnasiums and no nothing except to continuous extensions to ban on these outlets and ban on sale of alcohol.

Worse still is the discrimination and profiling of Covid-19 victims and their families.
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13th July, 2021
Garbage Collectors Killed By Speeding Car
The fatal accident happened along Russian Federation, in front of Pochentong Market. The garbage truck was collecting garbage when a CRV collided head-on with the three workers, Killing 2 and badly injuring the other. The group in the car opened the door and ran away.

The CRV was later reported to have been driven by a 17 years old that stole his father’s car, took his friends for a joyride and got drunk before crashing into the workers. The driver has been detained by the authorities for questioning.
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12th July, 2021
Cambodia Knits opens doors for women with soft toys for children
The knitted and crocheted stuffed animals and toys made by the women at Cambodia Knits (CK) each have their own name and back story that imbues them with a dash of individual personality and whimsy.

The Polish-Canadian Nowaczyk came to work in Cambodia for the first time in 2000, returning in 2006 to make the Kingdom her second home and works in Cambodia as an education consultant, trying to help create economic opportunities for women.

Nowaczyk founded CK – a social enterprise working with communities in and near Phnom Penh and in rural areas – in 2009, believing that women played important roles in helping families rise out of poverty.
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11th July, 2021
Unexploded grenades unearthed in Siem Reap city
Acache of unexploded grenades buried under a roadside amid road expansion in the city. More than 300 old grenades where found buried about half a metre underground near Dop Makara high school in Siem Reap city.

Workers installing telecom cables underground made the discovery. The demining team was called to the site.

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10th July, 2021
Jackie Chan Donates 1 Million Masks To Cambodia
International superstar Jackie Chan has reportedly donated 1 million masks to Cambodia to help the kingdom in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

Supplies have already arrived in Phnom Penh, and representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia successively handed over the masks to relevant Cambodian departments.
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10th July, 2021
All ‘high risk’ businesses and activities suspended in Phnom Penh for another 14 days
The Phnom Penh Capital Administration has just released a decision to suspend all ‘high risk’ businesses and activities suspended in Phnom Penh for another 14 days from zero hours on July 10 to July 23, 2021.

This includes Schools, including public and private vocational training schools, all kinds of clubs, such as karaoke, bars, discoteques, beer gardens and casinos, resorts, museums and amusement parks – Massage business – cinemas, art theaters, fitness clubs and sports centers.

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9th July, 2021
EDC announces planned power outages for Phnom Penh
Electricite du Cambodge has issued a notification on the implementation of repair, replacement, installation of equipment and relocation of power lines to facilitate the road-enlarged constructing site for 4 days, on July 08. 2021 to July 11, 2021.

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9th July, 2021
Phnom Penh’s vaccination campaign comes to a close
The Sub-Committee for Covid-19 vaccination has declared the completion of the major operation. Stating that 99.22% of Phnom Penh’s residents have been vaccinated and nationwide there are 4,701,255 vaccinated people.

Currently, the vaccination campaign in the provinces is in operation.

According to reports, Phnom Penh is one of the most vaccinated capitals in the world. The government is hopeful that the goal 10 million vaccinated people will be achieved this year or early next year.
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8th July, 2021
Increased risk of natural disasters
The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) yesterday warned of increased incidences of strong winds, thunderstorms, and lightning this year as compared to last year. Changes in weather patterns was a matter of great concern as there are bound to be more natural calamities including deaths and injuries besides damages to properties.

In the first six months of this year, he said 59 people were killed by lightning as compared to 69 deaths for the whole of last year.
Highlighting the seriousness of the situation, Kim said during the same period, strong winds had damaged 4,565 houses with 600 collapsing and killing five people and injuring 56 others.
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8th July, 2021
Phnom Penh most likely target for travel bubble
Phnom Penh’s extraordinary vaccination effort means that the capital’s economy is ripe for re-opening soon.

Official figures obtained by Khmer Times show that more than 2.4577 million people in Phnom Penh have been administered second doses of a Covid-19 vaccine as of Sunday.
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7th July, 2021
Teenage stabber arrested
Siem Reap Police have arrested the suspect who stabbed a young man to death and injured another in Chi Kreng district on the evening of July 6, 2021. He was found in a field in Chi Kreng district while he was hiding from the police.

Police said that the suspect had an argument with a 21-year-old man, while drinking, and the suspect stabbed him in the waist with a knife plus one another man named. The incident took place in Pring village

The two victims were taken to the hospital by their relatives, where Run Dong later died. The suspect, Chin Vanna, confessed that he had stabbed the victims out of anger.
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7th July, 2021
Durian has traditional roots across the region
Durian – the spiky fruit with a pungent odor that some abhor – is a luxury treat for most Cambodians and durian season sends many into a frenzy of feasting despite its steep price.

Durian originated from the Borneo and Sumatra islands of Indonesia and Malaysia. Over time, the trees spread to places like India, Papua New Guinea and the other countries of Southeast Asia.

It is believed that the durian grown in Kampot province originated from the Javanese island of Sumatra and was imported by a group of Javanese refugees who settled in Kampot.
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7th July, 2021
Near 50% of the Khmer population vaccinated against Covid-19
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Defense has vaccinated 4,654,451 people against Covid-19 for all walks of life. This represents 46.54 percent vaccinated from the targeted 10 million to be vaccinated by end October this year.

Cambodia is considering vaccinating children above the age of 12 as well as administering a 3rd booster shot once the targeted 10 million vaccinations has been attained.
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6th July, 2021
War on Ganja farmers continues
Police crackdown on illegal marijuana plantations in the hills of Kirivong (AKA the Green Triangle).

Police cut and burned marijuana crops that were illegally planted at 4 locations, along with 4 water reservoirs, within an area of ​​approximately 1412 square meters.

Specialist forces are searching the site owners, to bring them to justice.
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6th July, 2021
Expect heavy downpours all this week
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has forecast heavy rain along with gusts of strong wind all this week.

Most likely affected areas are the provinces in the low land areas around the Tonle Sap, and those along the Dangrek mountain range and the Mekong as well as the coastal areas.

The ministry also appealed to the public and fishermen as well as seafarers to increase their vigilance to avoid any possible accidents.
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6th July, 2021
Cambodia Rubber nets huge rewards
Cambodia exported 132,174 tonnes of natural rubber worth $221.67 million in the first half of this year, up by 7.18% in volume and 38.12 % in value from last year

Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and gradual economic recoveries around the world have significantly boosted global demand for rubber since the end of last year.
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5th July, 2021
Huge fire at Oil Depot
An oil depot is reported to be the source of huge fire, within Kangal province. The provincial police commissioner, sent fire trucks to the scene to help put out the blaze. People’s homes are also reported to be at risk

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5th July, 2021
White Lion to be returned to its Chinese owner
The Cambodia Prime Minister, Mr Hun Sen said that he allowed the returning of a male lion to a Chinese man who had raised it a week after authorities had removed it.
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5th July, 2021
Phnom Penh Authorities crack down on illegal online gambling
Local authorities led a joint force to crack down on seven illegal online gambling dens. Owners were arrested and will be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
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4th July, 2021
9 injured as Minivan Crashes at Kirirom
A car carrying passengers down a Kirirom Mountainside crashed, causing nine people to be seriously injured. The vehicle slipped and fell on the road.

All the injured were taken by ambulance to the hospital, while the vehicle was towed to the police station in Phnom Sruoch district.
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4th July, 2021
Fire at Olympia City
A fire broke out this on the third floor of the Olympia City building on Street 217. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it could spread. No deaths or injuries occurred.
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4th July, 2021
Elephants still have presence in Kingdom
The ASIAN elephants maintain a significant presence in the Kingdom, despite indications of very high extinction risk and have been classified as 'endangered'.

Cameras in the Kingdom's protected natural area have captured the giant mammals on numerous occasions, even with calves.

There are an estimated 400-600 elephants in the Kingdom, mainly concentrated in the Cardamom mountain range, the northern plateau of the Tonle Sap Lake and the eastern highlands of Mondulkiri province, which are rich in biodiversity.
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3rd July, 2021
Man Dies In Tuk Tuk after refused treatment at Hosbital
A man was riding a motorbike with his wife in Phnom Penh when they were hit by another motorbike, causing him to fall and seriously injure himself.

The 43 years old construction worker was taken in a tuk tuk to several hospitals, but they all refused to take him. The victim died on the ttuk tuk, which transported the body back to the scene to wait for the authorities.
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3rd July, 2021
3 districts in Phnom Penh to close vaccination centres soon
Three districts in Phnom Penh, Daun Penh, Prek Pnov and Chroy Changva will close the vaccination campaign soon and urge people who haven't had their second does, to get in quickly.
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3rd July, 2021
UNICEF crafts food summit sets agenda with children's in mind
The UN is conducting a series of dialogues with children in Cambodia and 19 other countries to gain a fresh perspective on poverty-driven food insecurity, the cascading consequences of climate change on food systems and implications for nutrition and health, ahead of a key summit set for later this year.

The dialogues will help steer the agenda of the Food Systems Summit, scheduled to take place in September.
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2nd July, 2021
Low water levels in Tonle Sap Lake hurt ecology & economy
Low dry-season river flows have caused a decrease in water levels in the Tonle Sap Lake. A call had gone out for all Mekong countries to improve river management.

This triggered adverse impacts on agriculture, the ecological balance, reduced nutrient-rich sediment, and transportation as well as decreased fish catch in the lake area.
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2nd July, 2021
Bad weather conditions leaves one dead, another injured and damages hundreds of buildings
Monsoon weather laid waste to 241 houses, 4 schools, and 2 festival venues, as of June 30, It has also killed one person and injured another.

In Maung Russey district 175 houses were damaged, including 2 schools and 2 festival venues,

Ek Phnom district suffered damages to 38 houses, 2 schools. 1 person was killed, and another was injured,

Rukkiri district, recorded 14 damaged houses, and

Sangke district recorded 14 damaged houses.

Crops were also damaged because of the current weather situation.

The Red Cross is planning to give donations to victims.
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2nd July, 2021
Man Loses Leg In Landmine Explosion
A man from Preah Vihear was seriously injured when he stepped on a landmine, with one leg completely blown off and the other severely injured. He was on his way to cut rattan.
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1st July, 2021
Gas station blaze kills woman
A blaze sparked by a short circuit killed a woman and destroyed a gas station in Kampong Cham province.

The 30 year-old woman died after rushing inside to save some valuables and became trapped.
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1st July, 2021
Falling Tree Crushes Tuk Tuk and injures Woman
Storms blow down a tree along on Russian Federation Blvd, hitting a tricycle tuk tuk and seriously injuring 1 of 2 woman passenger inside. She suffered serious injuries to her abdomen.
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1st July, 2021
National Police’s anti-drug department report
In the first six months of this year, the police have seized more than 800kg of drugs, including 14,000 marijuana plants, and detained more than 7,000 people.

The report said officers had detained 7,053 people, including 377 women, in 3,149 drug cases. Of the 7,053 suspects, 120 were foreigners of eight different nationalities. The authorities also impounded 47 cars, 818 motorcycles, five pistols, 18 rifles and 11 home-made guns, among others.
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