Ministry warns of more rain amid floods

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A motorbike attempts to pass through a flooded street last month in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has warned that heavy rains will continue throughout the country for a full week, with officials in Oddar Meanchey already reporting problematic flooding.

Oddar Meanchey Provincial Hall spokesman Chea Piseth said yesterday that two people had died as a result of flooding last month. He said the water levels in the Ta Mok reservoir in Anlong Veng district are overflowing, submerging a nearby bridge.

“At this time, our officials are examining the state of the flood and calling on the people to increase their alertness to avoid accidental incidents,” Piseth said, adding that rainfall had also “damaged hundreds of hectares of crops, including some infrastructure damage”.

Piseth added that authorities were monitoring the situation as rains continued to fall, and will be on the lookout to help any victims of flooding.

The Ministry of Water Resources also warned that areas near the Mekong, Tonle Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers and Tonle Sap lake should expect flooding in the coming days. The ministry expects heavy rainfall until August 31.

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