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Cambodia to Develop Flood Map

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Men push their motorcycles through a flooded area near the Royal Palace during flooding in central Phnom Penh (Photo: Reuters)

PHNOM PENH, Aug 29 (AKP) – Cambodia has been working to develop a flood map which will show the area that could become flooded if the water level rises to a particular elevation, said the Minister of Water Resource and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor at a preparatory meeting yesterday, before conducting a field visit to collect data toward the creation of the flood map.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM), technicians and directors of Municipal and Provincial Departments of Water Resources and Meteorology.

Since the devastating floods in 2000, MOWRAM has gathered data from different satellites, especially from NASA, showing the flooding situation in Cambodia, said the Minister, adding, “Now, we have enough data from satellites, but to be more accurate, our technicians will conduct more research and verify with the data from satellites.”

After the verification, the ministry will use a small airplane to take aerial photos, then all data will be combined before developing the flood map, underlined Lim Kean Hor.

Lim Kean Hor also called on all the working groups to agree on the use of GPS systems and to keep in touch with each other regularly.

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