As dam’s waters rise, holdout Sesan village leaves villagers say goodbye to ancestral homes

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Flooded streets in Stung Treng’s Srekor village this week following the closure of the gates of the Lower Sesan II Dam. Photo supplied

After almost three years of holding out, all 76 families from the Stung Treng village of Srekor – located in the reservoir of the newly operational Lower Sesan II Dam – have finally agreed to leave their homes.

Another gate of the controversial hydropower dam was closed on Sunday, causing already-high water levels to rise even further, and leaving some 60 homes to become half-submerged. Faced with still-rising waters and an untenable existence in the village, the predominantly ethnic Lao villagers finally began leaving on Monday.
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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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