NR 4 in Kampong Speu closed due to flooding

Source : Khmer Times

National Road 4, at Kilometre 90, is under water. Photo: Facebook/Vei Samnang

On Friday, July 20, the Kampong Speu provincial authorities have closed a section of National Road 4 (Phnom Penh- Sihanoukville) to all traffic.

The motorway near Kilometre 90, in Treng Trayeung commune, Phnom Sruoch district, is flooded due to the heavy rainfall of the past few days and must be closed down. Continue reading

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Government rips into WWF report

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A destroyed forest is shown in Preah Vihear in 2014. The government hit back at a World Wildlife Fund report that claimed the Greater Mekong will lose 30 percent of its forests by 2030. Post Staff

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Forestry Administration spokesman Keo Omaliss hit back on Thursday at a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report that claims the Greater Mekong will lose 30 percent of its forests by 2030 without drastic action.

He said the claims do not accurately reflect efforts made by the region’s governments and people, and called the report “unacceptable”. Continue reading

Disaster committee updates PM on floods

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Flooding in Koh Kong this week.

The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) sent a report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday, saying that 1,786 houses and thousands of hectares of crops have been flooded.

The NCDM said local authorities and armed forces have been cooperating with the Cambodian Red Cross to get people in affected areas to higher ground. Continue reading

Activists claim logging rampant before polls

Source:  Phnom Penh Post 

A member of the Preah Vihear Community Forestry Network examines the remains of a resin tree that was illegally felled. Photo supplied

At least 66 resin trees in the Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province’s Tbeng Meanchey district, have been felled so far this month, according to environmental activists.

They say deforestation continues to grow unabated, as authorities suspended or cut the number of patrols in the lead-up to the July 29 national elections. Continue reading

Coastal provinces on storm alert

Source: Khmer Times

The ministry said that coastal provinces are the most prone to floods. Supplied

The government yesterday issued a statement to all provinces affected by floods to continue to brace for the worst as a storm is brewing off the coast of China’s Hainan island.

The floods, which started during heavy rain earlier this week, have affected multiple provinces, leading to the closure of parts of National Road 4 and the evacuation of thousands of villagers in Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong and Battambang provinces.
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Preah Vihear families agree to end land dispute

Source: Khmer Times

The families claim that land was lost authorities evicted them. Supplied

More than 100 families in Preah Vihear province have accepted a resolution from provincial authorities after about eight years of protests over a land dispute with authorities and a CPP lawmaker.

Representatives of 253 families living in Svay Chrum village have protested at the Ministry of Land Management, the Prime Minister’s cabinet office, the National Assembly and other institutions over the years. Continue reading

Rain-swollen Mekong could damage crops: Ministry

Source: Khmer Times

Many areas around the country have flooded this week. Supplied

Heavy downpours in Thailand and Lao have led to high water levels in the upper Mekong River, with Cambodian authorities warning farmers of possible floods over the weekend that may destroy crops, and urging them to do the necessary preparations.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology issued a statement this week to warn farmers in provinces along the Mekong River of rising water levels, urging them to harvest crops before they are damaged by rising tides. Continue reading