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Mekong water levels rise sharply, fueling more flood woes as alert goes out for Tropical Storm Saudel

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Tropical Storm Saudel may force the Mekong to overflow its banks and affect several provinces. Neenawat Khenyotha/ Dreamstime

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) forecasted Tuesday of a sharp rise in Mekong water levels in Kampong Cham and Kratie  province over the next five days.

In its daily forecast, the MRC’s Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre in Phnom Penh projected an increase of more than two metres in Kampong Cham by Sunday.

That would bring the Mekong to within about one metre of the local alarm level  and a four metres above the average for this time of year, when annual floodwaters are usually falling.

In Kratie, water levels are also forecast to rise by about two metres, to within two metres of the danger  level and six metres above average.

In Koh Kel in Kandal province, the Bassac River is forecast to rise by about one metre and to within about two meters of the danger level.

The main distributary of the Mekong is forecast to reach the average level for this time of year on Sunday.

In Stung Treng, the increase in Mekong levels is forecast to be less sharp than downstream areas.

Over the next four days, the Mekong is forecast to rise by about half a metre to within slightly more than one metre of the danger level on Saturday before falling on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) has forecasted continued rain this week, from today to October 27.

In its announcement released this morning, MOWRAM urged people to be vigilant of possible phenomena like thunder, lightning, and gusts during the said period, and of strong winds and high waves from October 24 to 28.

This week, it pointed out, the temperature would vary between 22 and 31 degrees Celsius for the central lowland areas, from 21 to 30 degrees Celsius for the mountainous areas in the north and northeast, and between 22 and 29 degrees Celsius in the coastal areas.


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