Monday, October 5, 2009

Tourism Minister Calls for Siem Reap Town Cleanup

Written by DAP NEWS -- Monday, 05 October 2009
(Post by CAAI News Media)

Tourism Minster Thong Khon on Saturday called on the Siem Reap provincial governor and relevant officials to clean up Siem Reap town after recent floods in order to reassure tourists.

Typhoon Ketsana has caused major damage in Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Ratanakkiri and Mondolkiri, and has killed 16 and destroyed hundreds of houses and more than 10,000 ha of crops.

“I call on the Siem Reap provincial governor and relevant Government institutions and officials to cooperate and clean the town of Siem Reap as soon as possible when the flood levels are down,” Thon Khon told DAP News Cambodia on Saturday.

The Tourism Minister said tourists should not fear visiting Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat and other attractions. “Nearly 40 hotels in Siem Reap were flooded,” he admitted. The flood also hit Vietnam and the Philippines. Vietnam’s death toll reached 99 on Friday with another 14 missing, said an official from the national flood and storm control committee, accor-ding to a news agency in Vietnam.

With flood waters receding in much of typhoon-struck Vietnam on Friday, residents hung clothes out to dry, cleared fallen trees and cleaned the muck left by one of the country’s worst disasters in recent years.

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