Phnom Penh (FN), Oct. 26 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen assigned four ministers to immediately assess the flood-damaged roads, dams and bridges, addressing Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony of two bridges connecting Koh Pich to Koh Norea and Koh Norea to National Road 1.

The premier stated that the four ministers include Minister of Public Works and Transport; Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Officials from these four ministries must work with officials from the Ministry of Economy and Finance to assess the damages.

"Some national and provincial roads, bridges and dams are broken. Do not procrastinate! Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Water Resources, Public Works must immediately do the assessment. Each ministry has many Secretaries of State and Undersecretaries of State, so they can work with the Ministry of Economy and Finance," stated the premier.

Samdech Hun Sen added that floods caused severe damages to roads, bridges and some dams and the repairs of these infrastructures are urgent, for it can help local people sell agricultural products at a high price.

"If the roads are damaged, people can't transport their agricultural products to sell; so when brokers go to the farms, they will lower the price," the premier explained.

Severe flooding not only damages the nationwide infrastructure, but also affects people's lives.

At least 40 people died due to flooding, counting from October 2020, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.