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Water Resources Ministry issues Mekong flood warning

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Officials brace for floods at Oddar Meanchey Provincial Hall. MOWR

Water Resources and Meteorology Minister Lim Kean Hor has ordered all provincial department directors to be prepared for Mekong river floods as water from the river has started to overflow.

Ya Voeun, Tboung Khmum provincial water department director, yesterday said that the water level of the Mekong river has reached 11.48 metres and that it has flooded an area spanning 100 metres in the province’s Krouch Chhmar district.

He added that authorities have closed the flooded area.

“We decided to ban traffic on the affected road until the water has gone down,” Mr Voeun said. “The flood started on Tuesday. We will open the road as soon as the water has receded.”

He noted that the closed-off area is affected by floods every year, noting that no other areas have been affected as yet.

“We have already made preparations to prevent flooding from the Mekong river and rains as ordered by the minister,” Mr Voeun said.

He said authorities have temporarily placed rock clusters along the river to contain it from overflowing, adding that residents living in risk prone areas have also been warned.

Heng Roth Monida, Kratie provincial department director, yesterday said that his officials have also carried out preparations.

“The water level in our province is not yet at a dangerous level,” Mr Roth Monida said. “Today, the water level is 17.87 metres, and it’s still safe between 19 to 21 metres.”

“We issue a warning when it reaches 23 metres,” he added.

Mr Roth Monida said the minister has created a communication line that includes all water resources and meteorology departments to monitor the situation.

“Minister Lim Kean Hor has ordered all departments to be ready and prevent flooding by preparing rock clusters [to block water], and the ministry has also distributed a crane to each department to use in case of a big flood,” he added.

Kim Savuth, Svay Rieng provincial department director, yesterday also expressed preparedness.

“So far, we have not been affected by floods, either from an overflow from the Mekong river or rain,” Mr Savuth said.

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry yesterday issued a warning on Mekong river flooding, which is expected to happen until September 3.

It also noted that coastal provinces and some others will be affected by Podul typhoon which is coming from the direction of the Philippines and into the Mekong region.

Some of the provinces expected to be affected include Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kandal and Phnom Penh, which will receive little to average level rain. Other provinces across the Kingdom are also expected to see average to heavy rainfall.

“Please, the public be on high alert for rainstorms, lightning and flooding from heavy rains, as well as the Mekong river flooding,” the statement said.

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