Concern as riverbank collapses in Kampong Cham

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Kampong Cham governor on Friday asked the National Committee for Disaster Management to help stop any further collapses of a riverbank in Stung Trang district.

In his letter to the NCDM, Governor Un Chanda said that the riverbank in the district had become unstable due to floods last year and that about 300 metres collapsed along Street 223 in Peam Koh Sna commune last week, forcing authorities to relocate 112 families.

He noted that the street links the province to Kratie province’s Prek Prasap district and any further collapse could affect travel.

Mr Chanda said the provincial administration does not have enough technical expertise or funds to prevent the riverbank from further collapse when floods hit this year.

“Residents living along the Mekong river face river bank collapses every year and the provincial administration suggests that the NCDM intervenes by sending experts to shore up the bank along the district to prevent it from giving way again,” he said.

Mr Chanda said that if nothing was done, the bank could collapse more and force many residents to flee their homes.

A provincial administration statement on Friday said that Mr Chanda and officials went to examine the bank and found that 5,000 meters faced collapse, noting that the authorities are looking for suitable places to relocate residents who were in danger.

Sim Theara, a resident of Stung Trang district, yesterday said he and his family had to abandon their house which was affected by last week’s collapse.

“We thank the authorities for helping us find another place to live,” he said.

Mao Hak, Water Resources Ministry deputy secretary-general, on Friday told local media that ministry officials went to study the river bank collapse in Stung Trang district and have reported the matter to Minister Lim Kean Hor to find a solution.

“The river bank collapse situation in Stung Trang district area is serious and threatens residents’ homes, plantations, roads and pagodas located along the river,” he said.

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