Japan to continue drainage project

Source: Khmer Times

A boy collects rubbish from a canal. KT/Mai Vireak

The Japan International Cooperation Agency yesterday said it plans to continue working with City Hall to clean drainage pipes to reduce flooding in the capital during heavy rainstorms.

City Hall and JICA workers began cleaning pipes around Wat Phnom last week following heavy floods from a week-long storm front.

Nishikawa Masashi, a JICA project formulation adviser, said a new project to clean more pipes around the capital would begin next year.

“We finished cleaning the drainage pipes around Wat Phnom last week,” he said. “We are going to have a new project early next year, which will include cleaning and the construction of new pipes and pumping stations.”

“There is a lot of rubbish and sediment in the pipes. Hopefully the situation around Wat Phnom will get better; this is a kind of pilot project.”

“City Hall needs to keep cleaning and taking out the trash from the pipes,” he added.

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