During his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Choam Chao overpass on Friday, June 29, Prime Minister Hun Sen asked people to be less critical about the heavy flooding in parts of Phnom Penh following Monday’s torrential rains.
The PM “would like to ask for tolerance and understanding” as to the reasons for the flash flooding – which is the large amounts of rain that fell early in the week.
The premier pointed out that flooding also occurs in other cities, like Bangkok, Paris and Rome.
He noted that the city’s original drainage system is incapable of handling the needs of the expanding capital, and the government, with the help of the Japanese, is taking many measures to upgrade the system.
The PM called on the residents to better manage their plastic refuse (bottles, bags, food packaging) because it clogs the sewers, enhances drainage insufficiency, and contributes to flooding.