At least 30 people in Cambodia have died in recent floods caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks.

Keo Vy of Cambodia’s disaster management committee said Monday that the floods have forced more than 9,000 families to flee their homes and destroyed nearly 100,000 hectares of rice fields.

Police say four people, believed to be Syrian, died Sunday night when their car drove into a flooded pond. A survivor who was unable to speak Khmer or English pointed to Syria on a map, police said.

The government warned that the rains will continue as Typhoon Wutip headed toward neighbouring Vietnam late on Monday.

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