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Ministry calls for vigilance as more storms due

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A boat navigates a stormy Mekong River in the capital. KT/Siv Channa

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) yesterday urged people living in coastal areas and along the Dangrek mountain range and plateau areas to be vigilant ahead of upcoming storms due between September 24 and 27.

The appeal was made in the ministry’s announcement on weather forecast yesterday.

“The Ministry of Water Resources has called on residents to be extra vigilant for possible thunderstorms, lightning and strong winds, especially in the provinces of the central lowland and coastal areas. This warning is especially relevant to fishermen and seafarers, who can expect heavy storms and high waves,” the statement said.

The MOWRAM statement said that until September 29, the temperature will fluctuate between 24 and 31 degrees Celsius in the central lowland areas, from 23 to 30 degrees Celsius in the mountainous areas in the north and northeast and between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius in the coastal areas.

The report also said that at least 11 people have been killed by lightning and flash floods in recent storms, with 1,825 houses and 312 hectares of crops flooded and 475 people being evacuated to higher ground.

Preah Sihanouk provincial hall spokesman Kheang Phearum told Khmer Times yesterday that heavy rainfall is expected to continue in Sihanoukville and in Prey Nop district, with water levels expected to rise, presenting risks to citizens.

“No matter the weather, the police force and local authorities will be on standby to provide assistance to any citizens in danger,” he said.

Meanwhile, local authorities in Stung Treng province reported that the four rivers, namely the Mekong, Sekong, Sesan and Srepok, have seen a sharp rise in water levels, but had not reached dangerous levels

Pang Peng, provincial Water Resources and Meteorology Department  director, said that river levels have recently risen due to the heavy rains over the Sekong, Sesan and Srepok rivers.

In turn, these rivers are feeding into the Mekong causing it to swell rapidly, he added.

“Therefore, I am warning citizens in these areas to pay extra attention to the weather and be alert for potential dangers, especially flooding,” he said.

The water levels in the part of the Mekong River in Stung Treng province measured up to around half of the danger level of 11 metres.

Meanwhile, in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district, authorities reported that water had subsided and as such, had begun to allow traffic to pass over the Ta Mok bridge.

Provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology director Nhen Kuon said that due to a reduction in rainfall, Ta Mok reservoir water levels dropped to 3.82 metres, a 0.14 metre decline compared to last week.

However, he urged citizens to remain vigilant ahead of future storms.


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