Ministry issues rainy season guidelines

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People riding motorcycles  under heavy rain in Phnom Penh. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry has announced that the rainy season is setting in and that the Kingdom will see continued rain fall from the third week of June to the middle of November, noting that some provinces may face flooding, and adding that the rest of the year may see up to 26 storms taking place.

Lim Kean Hor, Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology, said in an announcement on Monday that the El Nino phenomenon, which had a strong impact on Cambodia during the dry season, has gradually decreased its influence.

He added that the rainy season, including the southwest monsoon and low pressure, have already begun to take place.

Mr Kean Hor noted that the country will experience low to average rainfall starting from the beginning of the third week of June to mid-July.

From early August to September, rainfall will be moderate to high, which may cause some provinces in the lowlands and coastal areas to face flooding, he added. From October to mid-November, rainfall will be low to moderate.

“From the end of July to the beginning of August, it can be a dry season, but it will not be a serious challenge due to a moderate level of rainfall in late July,” Mr Kean Hor said.

He noted that there will be 24 to 26 storms occurring in the remaining part of the year, with most storms occurring in the Pacific Ocean and crossing South China Sea that will affect Cambodia and the Mekong River Basin.

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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