Disaster agency stockpiling rice and seeds for flood prep

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A mother navigates a flooded area with her child in August, 2017, after water levels rose due to heavy rains in Stung Treng province. Photo supplied

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy said on Wednesday that the government had stockpiled 12,000 tonnes of rice and crop seeds to support Cambodians in rural areas facing natural disasters such as droughts and floods.

Vy said natural disasters are notably caused by climate change and are a great concern in the Kingdom, impacting economic and social development.
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Ratanakkiri River Itching Probe Draws a Blank

Source: Khmer Times

Health officials in Ratanakkiri province have moved to quash reports of ill-effects from Sesan river water.

Officials said some local media had reported that villagers in Veun Sai district complained of unusual itching of their hands.

However, health department officials who went to the place where the itching was reported found no such cases.
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Will huge new airport planned for Kandal see locals stripped of land?

Source: The Phnom Penh Post


Rice fields in Kandal Stung district’s Kandork commune that are set to become part of a large airport development announced by the government In January.

Life was quiet at first in the Kandal Stung village where Uong Sim and her husband settled more than 20 years ago.

They planted rice fields and built a small house. They had children and grandchildren. Money was tough, but they made do.

Then strangers began appearing in the village with stakes and bulldozers. A local oknha, or tycoon, said the land belonged to her. Villagers in three communes went to court, protested in front of Hun Sen’s house and clashed with Military Police. Hundreds of families were affected.

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Borei Keila row goes on

Source : Khmer Times

Residents hold placards during their protest yesterday.

Nine remaining families in the Borei Keila community began protesting outside the house of Suy Siphan yesterday to demand that her Phan Imex company keep its promise and provide appropriate compensation to end their long-running land dispute.

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Workers protest for a second day

Source : Khmer Times

Workers at the Emario Hotel and Resort in Sihanoukville protesting for a second day.

A group of construction workers at the Emario hotel and resort in Sihanoukville were still protesting on Wednesday for the second day running to demand three months of wages after a negotiation yesterday was not successful.

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Holdouts in Borei Keila accept compensation

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

A handful of holdout families have accepted compensation to leave their homes in Borei Keila, following individual negotiations with district authorities yesterday.

Borei Keila is one of the longest-running land conflicts in the country, with development company Phanimex having agreed in 2004 to build 10 buildings in the area for residents to relocate to in exchange for the land they lived on, but building only eight. Hundreds of families were left without a permanent home when authorities violently evicted them in 2012. Continue reading

Sesan locals agree to new village

Source: Khmer Times

Villagers walk through flood waters caused by the dam. KT/Mai Vireak

Families refusing to relocate from their homes near the Lower Sesan II dam have said they will all leave if they can establish a new village on their community forest and ancestral lands.

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