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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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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Relocation site for Sesan villagers flooded

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Stung Treng’s Srekor village seen close to submersion after the closing of several Lower Sesan II dam gates. Photo supplied

A resettlement site for residents evicted from a now-flooded area near the Lower Sesan II Dam is itself facing inundation, with 15 hectares of crops destroyed and 300 metres of a newly built road already submerged.

Hundreds of residents from Stung Treng’s Srekor village affected by the dam – which went online in September – accepted compensation from the Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 Co Ltd and moved to resettlement sites.
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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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