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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Workers demand release of jailed union leaders

Source : Khmer Times

Three of the jailed union leaders and workers on strike.

The president of the Workers Friendship Union Federation and more than 200 workers at the Cosmo Textile Factory yesterday demanded that Kandal Provincial Court release four union leaders recently arrested.

Chhean Sovann, Moeun Chhit, Phan Savy and Lok Neang were arrested on Monday and sent to Kandal Provincial Court yesterday over destruction of property allegations following a complaint from the factory.

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Clean water shortage at Sesan

Source: Phnom Penh Post

One of the four ponds used by Kbal Romeas villagers to collect their daily water in Stung Treng province. Photo supplied

Even as floodwaters pour into their villages and encroach upon their resettlement sites, villagers displaced by the controversial Lower Sesan II Dam in Stung Treng province say they are now facing shortages of potable water.

Community representative Lat Vibol said the 252 villagers from the Kbal Romeas indigenous community, which refused to relocate to government resettlement sites from their land in the flood zone of the Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 Co Ltd project – partly owned by tycoon Kith Meng – are running out of drinking water after two of the four natural ponds in their informal resettlement area dried up last month.
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Stung Meanchey canal residents get land titles

Source: Khmer Times

Stung Meanchey residents meet with city officials. Supplied

City Hall has announced that more than 500 families who live along the Stung Meanchey canal will get long-awaited land titles after the waterway is developed.

On Friday, City Hall held a public forum with villagers living along the canal to present its plans to develop the area and then issue them land titles.

Deputy governor Mean Chanyada said a 1,350 stretch of the canal, which spans Meanchey and Sen Sok districts and has 562 homes along it, will be developed.

The developments will include drainage infrastructure and new roads, he said.

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Japan wades in to prevent floods in capital

Source: Khmer Times

Camera investigations will be used to inspect the state of city drainage pipes in a bid to stop floods. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will today begin two days of drainage work to clear clogged systems that led to recent floods in the capital.

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Homes destroyed in eviction

Source: Phnom Penh Post

People gather yesterday morning to demand Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention to resolve a land dispute in Kandal province. Mech Dara

Security forces on Friday dismantled and burned three homes in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district after forcibly evicting the families, enforcing a Supreme Court decision from last year that ruled against the households’ claims to the land.
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Hun Sen orders government to help 7 Boeung Kak families

Source: Phnom Penh post

Buildings are demolished by excavators during forced evictions in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak community in 2010. Touch Yin Vannith

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday directed Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng to quickly resolve land dispute claims by seven families residing in the Boeung Kak area, an order that flies counter to City Hall’s announcement in April that it had officially closed the resolution process for the decade-long dispute.
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