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Oddar Meanchey villagers want reservoir built

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
The district governor says there is still enough water to be used. Fresh News

About 600 families in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anglong Veng district have appealed to the Water Resources Ministry to build a reservoir due to lack of water for consumption during the dry season.

Hor Chinvirakyuth, district governor, yesterday said the families, who are from three villages in Anglong Veng commune, have expressed concern over the lack of water supply, although there is still enough for them to use.

“There is still water to use, but in some areas the supply is drying up fast,” he said. “The villagers are just expressing their concern and it does not mean there is no water for consumption.”

Mr Chinvirakyuth noted that about 600 families in the three villages have asked provincial authorities to request for the ministry to build a reservoir in the commune.

“Our authorities are already prepared to intervene in areas that have no water for use, but those three villages still have water,” he said.

Mr Chinvirakyuth said district authorities and water resources department officials yesterday went to check the situation in the area and found it is not seriously affected by the dry season yet.

Phin Khem, a 64-year-old farmer in the commune, yesterday said that every year there is a shortage of water during the dry season, but this year it is worse than last year.

“This year the water in the pond we use has nearly dried up and we are facing a shortage,” he said. “We have asked the authorities to intervene and build a reservoir to store water for consumption.”

Chan Youttha, a secretary of state at the Water Resources Ministry, yesterday said provincial water resources department officials are checking the situation in the commune.

“We need time to study the problem and are studying the feasibility of building a reservoir there,” he said. “However, it depends on our budget because we have to give priority to areas facing water shortage.

Mr Youttha said that this year drought has started to hit the central plateau areas and north-west areas such as Battambang, Koh Kong, Prey Veng, Kampong Thom, Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear provinces.

“People are not seriously affected because we have been delivering water to areas which face problems,” he said.

Mr Youttha noted that Cambodia is suffering higher temperatures, causing a dry spell due to the El Nino phenomenon which last hit in 2015.

“This is the second time the country is being affected by the El Nino phenomenon,” Mr Youttha said. “However, the situation now is still under control.”

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