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Heavy rain to continue over next few days

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Floods in Kampong Cham province. Cam Post

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday predicted that heavy rain will continue to hit three provinces over the next few days.

In a statement, the ministry warned residents of Stung Treng, Kratie and Kampong Cham provinces to be cautious.

It noted that water in the lower Mekong, Tonle Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers will continue to increase.

It said that in Stung Treng, water levels will increase to 10.79 metres, while in Kratie water levels will increase to 21.96 metres and in Kampong Cham water levels will reach 15.28 metres, all exceeding the safe threshold.

Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor said yesterday that residents should exercise caution.

“Based on the water situation, the ministry is reminding people to take care of themselves,” Mr Kean Hor said.

In Siem Reap yesterday, water began flood Banteay Srey district. District Governor Nob Vuthy said that two villages were flooded.

“The flood affected homes in the villages, but it’s not serious enough that people have to be evacuated,” he said. “Local authorities are ready to assist residents at all times.”

The Ministry of Agriculture said yesterday that more than 3,000 hectares of paddy fileds have been destroyed and 20,000 damaged by recent floods in the provinces of Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Cham and Tboung Khmum province.

According to a report from the National Committee for Disaster Management, a total of 39,243 families have been affected by floods, with 4,959 families evacuated to 53 safe locations in five provinces this month.

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