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More flood woes temporarily ease with Mekong water levels receding in Kampong Cham and Kratie

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Mekong water levels are receding in Kampong Cham and Kratie, according to data released by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Thursday.

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The data from the MRC’s Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre in Phnom Penh showed floodwaters in Kampong Cham falling by 5 centimetres in the 24 hours to 7 a.m.

Water levels are forecast to drop by almost 1.5 metres over the next five days, the centre said.

In Kratie, the river receded by almost 40 centimetres over the previous 24 hours and is also projected to fall by about 1.5 metres by Tuesday next week.

After falling to record lows in July and August, floodwaters at both Kampong Cham and Kratie have risen sharply this month.

Water levels on the Tonle Sap River and the Bassac River are forecast to recede over the next 24 hours.

The Mekong is now approaching the record high for this time of year at Kampong Cham and has already reached the all-time high in Kratie.

On the Tonle Sap and the Bassac, floodwaters are either around or below their long-term average for this time of the year.

The latest forecasts follow MRC projections on Tuesday showing Mekong floodwaters rising to within one meter of the local alarm level in Kampong Cham by Sunday and within about two metres of the alarm level in Kratie. Sao Da – AKP

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