Kratie Provincial Hall yesterday said that the water level of the Mekong river has risen after authorities in a neighbouring country opened the floodgates of a hydropower dam.
Pen Lynath, provincial deputy governor, yesterday said that according to the Water Resources Department, the floodgates were opened at a dam in the upper Mekong region.
“This month there is no rain and maybe the water is flowing down after they opened the gates at hydropower dam upstream, which is causing the river level to rise,” he said. “There is no flooding this month because it is the dry season.”
Mr Lynath said that annually the Mekong river water level rises in June and subsides in December.
“It [the water level] has risen just a bit now and will not affect people’s livelihoods,” he said. “The river is not flooded and the level will subside in a few days.”
Mr Lynath added that the water level at the river along Chet Borei district rose three days ago.
He noted that the water level at the river is only about eight meters, well below the 22-meters danger mark.
“There is no need to alert anyone to move because it is the dry season and the level is just a bit above normal for this month,” he said.
Chea Heang, district police chief, yesterday said that police have not received any report that the rise in the water level has affected residents.
“It is strange that the water level has gone up this month,” he said. “There is no effect yet because it is not the flood season.”