Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng has urged his subordinates to restore the Boeng Trabek canal in Chamkar Mon district in order to avoid flooding in the capital.
Cambodia is expected to experience heavy rain until October.
Mr Sreng, who made the statement during a visit to the canal, said the population of Phnom Penh has increased, and because of it, the canal has to be restored.
“Today, we started to restore drainage of Boeng Trabek canal,” he said. “We asked people who have built houses close to the canal to move their houses so our working group can [expand] the canal to make water flow better in the area and [avoid flooding] during the rainy season.”
He also ordered authorities in all districts in Phnom Penh to restore other canals.
“We want to make our canals and drainage in the city more accommodating to water flow,” Mr Sreng said.
He added that residents should take care of the environment by not disposing rubbish in canals.
Currently, the municipal public works and transport department is restoring seven canals to prevent flooding.
At the end of May, City Hall closed a number of streets in the districts of Sen Sok and Meanchey for 70 days in order to install new drainage systems to prevent flooding.