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Cambodian Prime Minister Urges Preparedness Amid Rising Heat Wave

PHNOM PENH, May 2, 2024 — Prime Minister Hun Manet has called on authorities to remain vigilant and proactive as Cambodia and other parts of the world experience a significant rise in temperatures.

Speaking at a gathering at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in commemoration of the 138th International Labour Day, Hun Manet emphasized the importance of preparedness for potential fire incidents and water shortages. The meeting highlighted the broader implications of the ongoing heat wave on public safety and infrastructure.

The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports has already taken measures to mitigate the impact of the heat on students by adjusting school hours. Starting yesterday, morning classes will now run from 7:00 to 10:00, and afternoon sessions from 14:00 to 17:00. Schools have been granted the autonomy to make further adjustments if temperatures continue to rise uncontrollably.

Additionally, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology released a new weather forecast this morning. From May 1 to 3, 2024, temperatures are expected to peak at 39 degrees Celsius, accompanied by occasional rain, thunderstorms, lightning, and gusts, particularly in highland and coastal areas.

Authorities are urged to stay alert and ensure that all necessary precautions and safety measures are in place to deal with the extreme weather conditions effectively.

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