Mekong river floods hit Tboung Khmum

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The floods have been caused by a rise of water levels in the Mekong river. MOWR

Nearly 40 homes have been relocated from the Mekong riverbank in Tboung Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said yesterday.

“About 500 metres of the riverbank in Chsach Brochhes village will collapse and 28 houses were in danger and have been relocated,” the ministry said.

It said that about 300 meters of the riverbank in Svay Klaing commune may also soon give way , noting that 10 homes have been relocated.

On Sunday, authorities closed off a stretch of road in Tboung Khmum province after it was flooded by water overflowing from the Mekong river.

Ya Voeun, provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology director, on Sunday said that authorities have decided to close off a 30-metre stretch of road spanning from Tboung Khmum district to the neighbouring Koh Sotin district in Kampong Cham province which was flooded.

“We are not allowing people or vehicles on the road as it has been flooded,” he said. “The current is also strong, which can carry away people or vehicles, into the river as the water keeps increasing.”

Mr Voeun noted that the water level in the Mekong river area in his province has reached 12.31 metres, adding that a warning would be issued it if reached 15.20 metres, which is considered a dangerous level.

He said in Tboung Khmum district’s Chiro I commune, a 25-metre stretch of the riverbank has collapsed and that authorities have placed sandbags along the remaining 150 metres to prevent other parts from collapsing.

“The minister has ordered us to prevent any more parts of the riverbank from collapsing and now we are using sandbags along the riverbanks to stop it from collapsing, especially onto concrete roads nearby,” Mr Voeun said. “If it collapses onto a road, it will stop traffic.”

Meanwhile, continued rainfall in Oddar Meanchey province’s Trapaing Prasat and Anlong Veng districts have cause the water level in Tamok basin to rise to 3.4 metres, barely below the warning level of 3.5 metres, according to a Water and Meteorology Ministry announcement on Sunday.

It said that a working group of the provincial department has decided to open four additional water gates to increase flow and avoid flooding.

On Saturday, the Tonle Bassac riverbank collapsed in two villages in Kandal province’s Saang district, no one was injured. However, authorities are concerned that more parts of the riverbank will collapse and subsequently impacting nearby roads.

The rain will continue to fall down all across the Kingdom until Tuesday.

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