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Capital residents back call over clogged drains

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Workers unclog a drain of rubbish in the capital. Supplied

Residents in the capital are backing the Phnom Penh governor’s recent call for people to stop throwing garbage into drains which can lead to flooding.

Governor Khuong Sreng on May 12 urged residents to store and dispose of waste properly, and avoid clogging up drains which municipal authorities are already cleaning up to prevent floods.

He reminded the public that the rainy season is due next week and flooding can occur if the drains are clogged.

Sok Heng, who lives near Daun Penh district’s Kandal market, yesterday said he supported Mr Sreng’s call, noting that clogged drains have been a problem in his area for over a decade.

He urged the authorities to take serious action against those who continue to throw rubbish indiscriminately and also educate villagers on the consequences of clogging drains before the rainy season starts.

“Some people still keep throwing their trash into the drains and clog them,” he said. “I admit that I also used to do it many years ago and caused flooding near my house and I dare not do it again.”

Last month, Mr Sreng held a meeting with City Hall officials on ways to prevent flooding in the capital, including cleaning up clogged drains.

Sam Piseth, municipal Public Works and Transport Department director, yesterday said that so far they had cleared drain in four districts.

They are in Daun Penh, Chamkar Morn, Tuol Kork and Prampi Makara districts, which are located in the middle of the capital.

Mr Piseth noted that some parts of Daun Penh and Tuol Kork are prone to flooding during heavy rains.

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