Authorities battle drought in Battambang

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The Battambang provincial Water Resources Department on Saturday began looking for alternate sources of water supply to address a week-long shortage in Moung Russei district.

Long Phalkun, department director, yesterday said that the water level at the Bassac reservoir was low and the department is cooperating with local authorities to look for other sources.

“Some ponds in the district have also nearly dried up because there has been no rain and we are looking for other ways to supply the district,” he said.

Mr Phalkun said that the department will source water from the multi-purpose dam in Ratanak Mondul district, which is about 100 kilometres away.

“The water levels in some ponds and the reservoir will continue to drop because people use a lot of water to irrigate their crops,” he noted.

Last year, Battambang Provincial Hall issued a statement that five districts were affected by drought.

The drought affected 9,124 hectars in Thmar Koul, 3,266 hectares in Moung Russei, 9,069 hectares in Rukha Kiri, 7,500 hectares in Kors Kralor and 2,919 hectares in Sangke.

Srey Samon, Moung commune chief in Moung Russei, yesterday said that most of the villagers in her commune use well water, but now some wells are drying up.

She said that the local authority is informing villagers of a government directive to save water.

“We are telling the villagers to save water to prepare for a drought because of very hot weather,” she said.

Last month, the government suggested that farmers should do dry rice farming only once this year to save water for daily use following a weather forecast that temperatures are expected to go up to between 40 and 42 degrees due to the El Nino phenomenon.

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