Disaster agency stockpiling rice and seeds for flood prep

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A mother navigates a flooded area with her child in August, 2017, after water levels rose due to heavy rains in Stung Treng province. Photo supplied

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy said on Wednesday that the government had stockpiled 12,000 tonnes of rice and crop seeds to support Cambodians in rural areas facing natural disasters such as droughts and floods.

Vy said natural disasters are notably caused by climate change and are a great concern in the Kingdom, impacting economic and social development.
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UN, Licadho stopped from Oddar Meanchey dispute probe

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Anlong Veng district authorities in Oddar Meanchey province on Wednesday allegedly prevented a civil society organisation and United Nations officials from investigating a land dispute involving 122 families living in Anlong commune.

The villagers have accused the authorities of grabbing their land illegally. Officials, however, claim that these people came and cleared land owned by the state, according to In Kongchit, a coordinator at NGO Licadho.

Kongchit confirmed that on Wednesday, he and two UN officials were blocked by Anlong Veng authorities from meeting the people and investigating the situation. He said it was illegal as they were prohibiting a civil society organisation from helping people.
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Villagers again flock to Land Ministry

Source: Khmer Times

 

A protesting villager from Kampong Speu. KT/Pech Sotheary

About 70 people representing thousands of Kampong Speu province households yesterday gathered once again in front of the Land Management Ministry to appeal to the authorities to take action against three rubber plantations and a sugar cane plantation over more than 2,000 hectares of disputed land.
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Water supply to grow in Sihanoukville

Source: Khmer Times

Industry Minister Cham Prasidh said yesterday that residents in Preah Sihanouk province can expect a steady supply of water in the province within the next week.

The statement came after years of water supply problems in the province where residents faced water shortages.
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Villagers’ deaths prompt mines meeting

Source: Khmer Times

A gold miner at work in Ratanakkiri province. KT/Mai Vireak

Mines Minister Suy Sem yesterday ordered mining operators to follow the law to prevent mining waste from polluting rivers in the wake of more than 10 villagers dying from consuming tainted water in Kratie province.

Mr Sem’s comments came after he met with more than 20 mining companies yesterday at the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Phnom Penh.
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Governor threatens to dump newly-hired waste company

Source: Khmer Times

Plastic rubbish along the coast in Preah Sihanouk province. Supplied

The Sihanoukville governor yesterday expressed his disappointment over the city’s garbage problem and warned the city’s waste management company that its license could be revoked if they fail to solve the problem within three months.

Governor Y Sokleng said yesterday that the amount of garbage in his city has become unbearable, noting that in the past eight months 120 tonnes of waste was disposed per day, a number that has now risen to 450 tonnes per day.
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Villagers not poisoned by cyanide: Mines Minister

Source: Khmer Times

Children distributing clean water to a family. KT/Mai Vireak

Mines Minister Suy Sem has dismissed a claim by Industry Minister Cham Prasidh, who said that villagers in Kratie province were poisoned and killed by cyanide-tainted water due to run-off from gold mines.

Nearly 300 villagers fell ill during the poisoning case earlier this month, leading to the death of 13 people, after consuming tainted water from the Prek Ter stream in Chetr Borei district.

The Health Ministry initially blamed the tainted water on herbicides and also claimed villagers had died from drinking methanol-laced rice wine.
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