Cambodia says heatwave a factor in ammo blast that killed 20 soldiers

Cambodia says heatwave a factor in ammo blast that killed 20 soldiers
Cambodia says heatwave a factor in ammo blast that killed 20 soldiers

Hello and welcome to the details of Cambodia says heatwave a factor in ammo blast that killed 20 soldiers and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Smoke billows from the warehouse following an explosion at an army base in Kampong Speu province on April 27, 2024. — AFP pic

PHNOM PENH, May 2 — Cambodia’s defence ministry said Thursday a blistering heatwave roiling South-east Asia played a role in an ammunition explosion that killed 20 soldiers at an army base over the weekend.

The blast — which destroyed an entire truck of munitions and levelled buildings — also wounded several soldiers and at least one child in rural Kampong Speu province on Saturday.

The defence ministry said Thursday that investigators believed the heatwave played a role in the old weapons detonating.

“The incident of the ammunition explosion on April 27, 2024... was a technical issue because the weapons are old, faulty, and the hot weather,” the ministry said in a statement.

Advertisement

It did not explain the specific issue or how the heat may have contributed to the explosion.

The ministry also rejected suggestions that the blast was down to rebellious soldiers or an act of terrorism.

Deadly munitions accidents are not uncommon in Cambodia, which is awash with ammunition, mines and unexploded ordnance leftover from decades of civil conflict.

Advertisement

Such incidents are exacerbated by frequently lax safety standards.

Like much of South and South-east Asia, Cambodia has been struggling with hot weather in recent weeks.

Authorities warned on Sunday that temperatures could reach 43 degrees Celsius (109.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas, although rain and cooler weather were forecast in the coming days.

Following the blast west of the capital Phnom Penh, images posted on social media showed a destroyed one-story building wreathed in smoke, with residents of a nearby village also sharing images online of broken windows.

Other photos showed what appeared to be civilians, including a young child in a diaper, with cuts and gashes being treated in hospital.

An office building and nearby barracks were destroyed, and 25 nearby homes were also damaged.

Prime Minister Hun Manet said the families of those killed would receive roughly US$20,000 each, while injured soldiers would get US$5,000. — AFP

These were the details of the news Cambodia says heatwave a factor in ammo blast that killed 20 soldiers for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV US reaches agreement with Niger to withdraw military forces by September 15
NEXT Top French university loses funding over pro-Palestinian protests

Author Information

I have been an independent financial adviser for over 11 years in the city and in recent years turned my experience in finance and passion for journalism into a full time role. I perform analysis of Companies and publicize valuable information for shareholder community. Address: 2077 Sharon Lane Mishawaka, IN 46544, USA Phone: (+1) 574-255-1083 Email: [email protected]