Flooding Raises Alarm

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Rising water levels at the riverside in front of the Royal Palace. (KT/ Veasna)

PHNOM PENH, August 5, (Khmer Times)–More than 41 households and 210 people were evacuated from their villages in Stung Treng province following heavy rainfall and flooding from the Mekong River, according to government officials. 
 
Mao Hak, deputy director of technical works at the Department of Hydrology and River Work, observed that the level of water in in the provinces of Stung Treng and Kampong Cham had reached the “alarm level” and suggested that residents should be ready for a disaster situation. 
 
Bang Seng, head of the Stung Treng provincial department of water resources and meteorology, said provincial officials and officials from the National
Committee for Disaster Management took immediate measures to help the people who were affected by flooding on Sunday, August 3, to find higher ground and provide necessary supplies while waiting for the water to retreat. 
 
During a certificate ceremony at Western University, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that villagers living near the affected provinces such as Stung Treng, Kampong Cham and Kratie should pay close attention to the water level.
 
“As reported this morning, the water level at Stung Treng province could be receding this afternoon. [.] Parents should not leave their children at home
alone. They need to be aware,” he said.
 
Chan Vutha, chief of cabinet spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, reported on Saturday that flooding had been affecting 12
provinces, 25 districts and 53 communes throughout the country. 
 
On Monday, flooding also disturbed school examinations in Kratie. According to the provincial department of education, water had to be pumped from the
building while students completed their exams. 

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