Mekong floods four provinces

Source : Khmer Times

Villagers begin their trek to safety after the collapse of the Lao dam. KT/Mom Sophon

The Mekong has flooded parts of four provinces in Cambodia resulting in the loss of four lives – three of them children.  The rising waters led to the evacuation of well over 2000 families.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, stated that the water level in Stung Treng is at 10.79 meters and in Kratie it’s at 21.95 meters and in both provinces it is finally receding – after weeks of flooding.

Mr Vy expects the waters in Tbong Khmum and Kampong Cham provinces to start ebbing tomorrow (August 4).

Over 3000 families were evacuated to safer places to escape the inundation that flowed into roughly 200 buildings (schools, pagodas, hospitals) and damaged at least a dozen houses.

Nearly 7000 hectares of farmland and a large number of livestock were negatively affected by the risen waters.

Last week, Stung Treng officials evacuated 1,289 families – about 5,000 people – residing along the Sekong River after the collapse of a major dam in Laos that left dozens dead and hundreds missing.



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