Tropical storm Khanun to bring heavy rains

Source: Khmer Times

Khmer Times

Tropical storm Khanun is to travel across Vietnam to Cambodia this week, bringing heavy rain and the threat of floods from tomorrow until Thursday.

Water Resources and Meteorology Minister Lim Kean Hor issued an announcement warning the public and officials to brace for the bad weather.

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Land activists banned from gathering

Source: Khmer Times

City Hall said the gathering would affect public order. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Civil society organisations and about 100 people involved in land disputes were unable to mark World Habitat Day in Phnom Penh yesterday after City Hall refused permission for them to gather.

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng sent a letter to citizen representatives saying the proposed celebrations posed a risk to security and public order.

“If there is a gathering to mark this event it will threaten security and public order, and the organisers will be responsible under the law,” he said.

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Agriculture training blocked

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Officials stop an agricultural training session hosted by the NGO CCFC yesterday in Svay Rieng province. Photo supplied

Svay Rieng officials on Saturday prevented a local farmer coalition from conducting a workshop on raising chickens on the grounds it had failed to get permission from district and provincial authorities, a possible sign of increased scrutiny of NGOs working in the provinces.
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Floods could destroy 2K hectares of paddies

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A man crosses a flooded paddy field in Banteay Meanchey province. Photo supplied

More rain in the wake of the region’s Typhoon Khanan this week could lead to the destruction of almost 2,000 hectares of rice paddies in Cambodia’s northwest, according to agriculture officials.
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Villagers protest against dam

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Community members affected by the Lower Sesan II Dam gathered yesterday to demand intervention to stop forced evacuations from areas flooded by the dam in Stung Treng province. Pha Lina

Some 30 villagers, representing families from Stung Treng province who are refusing to relocate from the Lower Sesan II Dam site, yesterday protested in front of the ministries of Interior and National Assembly-Senate Relations to demand officials prevent their forced evacuation and bring an end to their alleged harassment by local officials.
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NGO worker swindles land-dispute victims

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The deputy chief of the NGO December Second, Yon Sothy, is photographed after his arrest in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied

A local NGO worker was arrested on Tuesday in Preah Sihanouk province for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a land deal broker and taking advantage of villagers involved in a land dispute for personal profit.

Kol Phaly, deputy provincial police chief, said suspect Yon Sothy was the deputy chief of December Second, an NGO that primarily worked to help victims of land disputes.
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Unrelenting rains

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Provinces nationwide – particularly those along the Cambodia-Thailand border – are likely to experience more flooding as a result of a low-pressure system that is expected to bring rain across the country, according to a forecast from the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology. The low-pressure system is currently in the South China Sea moving towards the coast of Vietnam, and is expected to make its way to the Philippines. Cambodia will start seeing the effects of the system from Friday through October 22, according to an announcement.
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