Hun Sen issues new directive over impending floods

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Children walk on a flooded road. MOWR

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday issued another directive to all relevant ministries, institutions and local authorities to take preventive measures to deal with upcoming floods.

He noted a severe flooding in the upper Mekong provinces which occurred last week and that the water is only slowly receding, especially in Stung Treng province.

Waters in the province have only receded by 0.6 metres over the past four-and-a-half days following the flooding.

“The water is slowly receding because of the large amount which overflowed from the river during the previous floods, while low to moderate rainfall still continues,” Mr Hun Sen said.

He added that according to a Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology forecast, there will be a new low pressure system from the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone from Thursday which will affect Stung Treng province.

“The new low pressure system will cause more rain and cause the water level in the Mekong River to rise again, which will cause the most severe flooding this year,” Mr Hun Sen noted. “Because of the water level situation in the rivers today and the weather forecast, the government advises the relevant ministries, institutions and all local authorities to step up preparations to manage the coming flood, to minimise hardship and the impact on people’s property and lives.”

Chhun Bunnarith, a vice director of Kampong Cham provincial department of Water Resources and Meteorology, yesterday said that six districts have been hit by Mekong River flooding, but people are not badly affected.

“It is normal for the people in these districts because they live near the river and are used to rising water levels,” he said. “But we still caution them to be careful and be on alert during floods.”

Mr Bunnarith said that he does not yet know the extent of damage caused by the recent floods because the water has not fully receded.

The six affected districts are Stung Trang, Kampong Siem, Kang Meas, Koh Sotin, Srey Santhor and Batheay.

Mr Bunnarith noted that Kun Kin, NCDM first vice president, provincial governor Un Chanda and other officials went down to visit and distribute aid to more 1,300 affected families in Kampong Siem district’s Koh Samroang commune.

Preah Vihear Provincial Governor Prak Sovan has ordered relevant authorities to move pigs from a farm in Tbeng Meanchey district’s Sre Preang village which has been flooded.

Colonel Rith Sona, district police chief, yesterday said that his officers have moved hundreds of pigs while others had been swept away by floodwaters.

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