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Encroachment of drains prohibited to avoid flooding in the capital

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Heavy rain floods a street in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng yesterday ordered local authorities in five districts to prevent any encroachment on drainage systems so flooding can be prevented.

The order was made yesterday during a meeting at the City Hall with local authorities from the outlying districts of Meanchey, Por Senchey, Sen Sok, Kamboul and Prek Pnov.“The flooding is caused by encroachment of canals, drainage systems and the indiscriminate disposal of rubbish which flows into the drainage system,” he said. “I want to ask the local authorities to remove the rubbish from the drains. It is to reduce flooding during the rainy season.”

He said the improper disposal of waste remains an eyesore and residents should cooperate with local authorities to keep rubbish in designated areas to prevent it from flowing into the drainage system.

The meeting was held to identify most flood-prone areas.

There was flooding on June 2 in Por Senchey district’s Kakap commune following heavy rains, according to district officials.

Lay Pang, Por Senchey district deputy governor, said yesterday authorities have restored some stretches of the canal in the district to mitigate flooding.

“Most of the flooding happened because of encroachment on the canal, with trash being disposed into the drains,” Mr Pang said. “The authorities are restoring some canals to avoid flooding.”

Last week, Phnom Penh’s public works and transport department, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency, unveiled a mechanical screen which traps and removes garbage flowing in drainage pipes as part of the Project for Flood Protection and Drainage Improvement in Phnom Penh Capital City Phase IV.

The objective of the project is to minimise inundation and damage caused by rainfall by improving the drainage system and providing for emergency drainage works.

The mechanical screen is an automatic mechanical drilling system which helps to collect garbage in front of the drainage pipes at four pumping stations constructed in the JICA Flood Project Phase 2, according to the agency.

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