The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has appealed to all Cambodian citizens to save water ahead of a short drought predicted for the last week of July and first week of August.
It says there will be a lack of rain in Phnom Penh and provinces including Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot and Kandal.
“Farmers should prepare and keep water aside for their rice fields,” it said.
Despite the warning, moderate rainfall is expected for the next week in Phnom Penh, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Speu, Kandal, Prey Veng, Preah Vihear, Oddor Meanchey, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Kampong Cham and Tbong Khmom provinces.
The coastal provinces of Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk will be hit by heavy rain during the same period.
The announcement also called on the public to be careful of lightning, particularly in the central lowlands, from today until Wednesday.
Earlier this year, Nhem Vanda, vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, warned the country was at risk of a repeat of last year’s drought.
According to NCDM, 965 new wells and 240 new ponds have been dug this year, while 684 old wells, 125 old ponds and 18 canals were restored.
A total of 20 provinces were hit by water shortages last year, with 331,505 families or nearly two million people affected.