Fresh risk of further floods

Source: Khmer Times

More floods may be on the way when lower Mekong water levels rise. KT/Ven Rathavong

Floods caused by high water levels in the upper Mekong river are continuing to recede, but levels in the lower Mekong will rise in the next few days, posing a fresh risk to communities nearby.

The government has urged authorities to monitor the changing situation and evacuate people to safety where necessary.

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry said yesterday the water levels in the lower Mekong river, Bassac river, Tonle Sap river and Tonle Sap lake would increase for the next two or three days.

“People living along these rivers, especially the Bassac river, must be careful. Passengers who travel by river should also pay attention to the situation to avoid any accidents,” the ministry said.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony at the Royal University of Law and Economics yesterday in Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen appealed to people in Stung Treng, Kratie and Kampong Cham provinces to be careful of rising water levels.

However, he said the level of the Chaktomuk River in Phnom Penh was still low at 8.82 metres, adding that it would ideally rise to 9.30 metres.

“We have to be careful and find safe places for people to go if they are affected by floods,” he said.

Nhim Vanda, vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said floods last month caused $1 million in damages.

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