Villagers face floods and droughts

Source : Khmer Times

Thousands of hectares of rice fields are facing major droughts in Battambang province as well as Prey Veng province. DAP News

The number of weather related deaths across the country rose to eight as provincial authorities scrambled to evacuate residents and prevent crops from being destroyed by floods and droughts this week.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said yesterday that the eight victims died during floods in three provinces, including Stung Treng, Kratie and Kampong Cham. Continue reading

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Battambang province’s paddies parched

Source : Khmer Times

7,500 hectares of tillable land in five communes of Koas Krolor are affected by the drought. Supplied

Thousands of Battambang’s rice paddies were destroyed by the recent floods – but neigh on three times as many suffer drought.

Chhim Vichara, Director of the Battambang provincial Agricultural Department, informed Khmer Times today (August 7) of the situation.  2,796 hectares of paddies in the Mong Ruessei, Sangkae, Ek Phnum, Bavel and Tma Koul districts were inundated.  In stark contrast to this, some 7,500 hectares of paddies in Battambang province’s Koas Krolor district suffer from a month-long lack of rain.
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Rain cuts Banteay Meanchey drought

Sourec: Phnom Penh Post 

A dry riverbed is shown in Banteay Meanchey province in 2016. Hong Menea

While 600 hectares of farmland has dried up in Banteay Meanchey province’s Thmar Puok district, as the region’s nearly month-long drought took its toll, local officials on Monday were optimistic that Sunday evening’s rainfall will spare the rest of the district’s fields.

Farmers in the district were facing a critical problem as there was a lack of water supply for their crops after receiving no rain since late June. Continue reading

Provincial farmers advised to harvest earlier

Source: Khmer Times 

Heavy rain is expected to hit parts of the country. KT/Ven Rathavong

The Ministry of Water Resources yesterday advised farmers in Stung Treng, Kratie, Tbong Khmum and Kampong Cham provinces to speed up harvesting their crops due to impending floods coming in the next few days.

In a statement, the ministry said a low-pressure system has caused continuous rainfall in Thailand and Laos leading to a rise of the Mekong River’s water level. Continue reading

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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Ministry to investigate Prey Lang land grabs

Source: Khmer Times

The Prey Lang Community Network in Preah Vihear province has asked the government to investigate the building of homes in a protected area by a group of families claiming they were granted a social land concession.

Phok Hong, a PLCN representative, said the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2016, and since then, about 700 families have grabbed land totalling nearly 5,000 hectares to build homes.
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