Ministry issues flood alert

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The hydropower dam in Kampot province. KT/Chea Vannak

The Ministry of Water Resources yesterday issued a flood alert in some provinces due to heavy rain while it also opened the gates of dams in Kampot and Battambang provinces to release excess water.

In a statement, the ministry warned that southwest monsoonal floods are expected in the provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kep, Koh Kong, Preah Vihear, Pailin, Kampot, Oddar Meanchey and Battambang.

“Strong winds and rain are expected to hit provinces and cities throughout the country from today to July 18, especially along the beaches, so please be careful going to the beach or fishing,” the statement said.

It added that the ministry decided to open the gates of the dam in Batambang’s Rotanak Mondol district because of rising water levels.

“The amount of water in the dam is increasing so much that some has to be released. This will also help supply water to farmlands,” it said.

Nga Lyhong, the head of water resources in Pailin, said it has been raining over the past few days and water flowing from Thailand is causing floods in the province. However, he said that the situation was not serious yet.

“The local authorities are monitoring the situation and are on standby to help residents if they are affected by floods,” he said.

In Kampot, Sinohydro Kamchay Hydroelectric announced that it had opened its dam’s gates because the water level was rising. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that the level is expected to continuing rising.

It advised those living near the dam to be on the alert for floods.

Meanwhile, a child and two others were hurt in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district on Wednesday due to strong winds. They were identified as Doch Sam, five, Doch Keov, 25, and Ty Doch, 29.

Provincial Fishery Administration office chief Nen Chamroeun said they were injured when strong winds and heavy rain destroyed their house. They are now being treated in hospital.

According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report, natural disasters killed at least 103 people, injured 120, and damaged thousands of houses, crops and infrastructure last year.

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