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Wells for drought-hit villagers in Kampong Cham

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One of the wells is opened. Supplied

Kampong Cham provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun and NGO CBN Cambodia on Tuesday provided forty freshly-dug wells to villagers in Prey Chhor district who are facing water shortages.

Mr Chamroeun said the wells would help the villagers in Trapaing Preah and Mean communes to have water to use during a current dry spell.

He said that villagers in both communes had been facing water shortage since February and he had ordered officials to solve the problem quickly.

“We found that these areas do not have a water source and they are worse hit by water shortage than those in other communes,” Mr Chamroeun said. “We had to take action fast to help alleviate their suffering.”

He also appealed to villagers to be careful about fires during the dry season.

Yon Sarun, Trapaing Preah commune chief, said yesterday that previously villagers used to obtain water from small wells but these had dried up, leading to the water shortage.

He said that the provincial authorities and the NGO dug deep wells for the villagers to have access to water.

“These are big and deep wells which will effectively supply water during the dry season,” Mr Sarun said. “The residents in the commune are thankful to them for providing the wells.”

On March 12, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered provincial authorities to dig wells for people who are facing water shortage during the dry season.

He said that ministry and provincial officials must pay attention to digging wells to supply water which was better than transporting water to affected villagers.

Mr Hun Sen noted that the deeper the well, the longer the water in it would last during a dry spell.

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