The sluice gate at Chamkar Te Dam in Kampong Speu province’s Kirirom mountains, which holds 5 million cubic metres of water, has collapsed due to heavy rains.
Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang on his Facebook page yesterday appealed to residents living in the area below the dam, including four communes of Chambok, Taing Sya, Taing Samrong, and Moha Saing of Phnom Sruoch district and Taing Krouch commune of Samrong Tong district, as well as along the Prek Tnaot bridge to stay alert and be ready to evacuate.
Samnang also urged the residents to proactively relocate to safe ground as the river had quickly escalated to flood levels in Chbar Morn city, and that the floodwaters were expected to reach more populated areas within hours.
“Please inform parents, aunts and uncles, because the flood will flow to the villages of Rolong, Prey Sleuk, Kaheng, Kab Touk, Phnom Dey, Thmei village, Kravien, Prey Beng, Tang Kroch, and Sampov,” he said. “Hurry to move your necessary belongings to a safe place as well as help each other to check on the elderly and children.”
In western Phnom Penh and Kandal province, the Stung Prek Tnaot dam yesterday overflowed due to continuing heavy rains, affecting at least 200 families who live in Sak Sampov commune, Dangkor district to evacuate to safer ground.
Minister of Water Resources Lim Kean Hor said during his visit at the site that Tuesday night’s heavy rain caused the Stung Prek Tnaot dam’s water level to rapidly rise to 6.52 metres at the front sluice and reached 9.25 metres at the back sluice, causing the river to overflow the spillways to other areas in Kandal province including Spean Thmor, Tien Rolous, Kong Noy and Prek Kampus communes.
The floodwaters from Stung Prek Tnaot also caused National Road 3 outside Phnom Penh on Tuesday to be in danger of collapse, causing the Ministry of Transport to close the road to prevent any possible risks or accidents occurring to the public.
During his inspection along National Road 3, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said that at least 245 kilometres of roads, equivalent to 199 sections have been affected by floods across 13 provinces.
Chanthol added that about 120 kilometres of roads suffered the most damage from the flood, adding that the ministry’s working group is continuing to monitor and evaluate the condition of damaged roads and is ready to begin repairs after the water recedes.
National Road 20, located in Kong Noy commune in Dangkor district, Phnom Penh also received more flooding. Chanthol ordered a team to clear the clogged canal in a bid to allow water to flow and prevent it from spilling over.
He added that if flooding cannot be prevented, officials will consider closing more roads.
Phnom Penh authorities, including Dangkor district authorities, are actively on duty to evacuate affected citizens and intervene to prevent any serious accidents from happening.
The Ministry of Water Resources also requested people living along the lower part of the river to take extra precautions to avoid possible danger from flooding on the Prek Tnaot river.