Flood dangers rise amid downpours

Source: Khmer Times

Floods are expected across the country until at least Tuesday next week, due to a low pressure system. Officials have been told to prepare to assist those affected. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology has issued a new warning about heavy rain across the country amid a low-pressure weather system, while Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered officials to be prepared for flooding.

Minister Lim Kean Hor said rains were expected to range from average to heavy.

“Cambodia will experience a lot of rain from October 2 to 10 which will cause flooding in many places,” he said.

Mr Kean Hor said all ministries, local authorities, relevant institutions and citizens must pay attention, especially to flooding rains in lowland areas and near waterways.

Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said yesterday that floods had not yet badly affected people or property. “Short periods of flooding have had little impact on vehicles,” he added.

Mr Vy said authorities had to focus on flooding from the Mekong River, which could be more serious.

In August, floods killed three people in Preah Vihear province. Another 14 died when the Mekong flooded in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Cham, Kratie, Tbong Khmom and Stung Treng.

Mr Hun Sen said yesterday that all of the country is under threat from imminent floods.

“Local authorities and people should be careful of the dangers of flooding.” he said.

“We have to find a way to remove water from flood-prone areas.”

Mr Hun Sen added that authorities must intervene immediately to move tourists, both local and international, to safety when tourist sites flood.

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