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City Hall to block streets for sewage system repairs

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In Cambodia, the wet season comes courtesy of the southwest monsoon which blows from the month of May until October, bringing with it some 75 percent of the country’s annual rainfall. However, the rainy days are usually just a few hours of heavy downpour and not all-day rain. KT/Jean-Francois Perigois

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng has announced that some streets in Sen Sok and Meanchey districts will be blocked for 70 days for the installation of bigger sewage drainage systems to prevent flooding.

“City Hall will install sewage drainage systems on Street 5C, which links Stung Meanchey canal, in order to free water from the east and south of Phnom Penh International airport, which affects streets 2004, Sarla, Northbridge and Duong Ngeap,” Mr Sreng said. “The street blocks will prevent all kinds of vehicles from travelling along these streets from May 28 until the construction is finished, which will be a total of 70 days.”

The governor asked for understanding from residents and commuters. City Hall has prepared an alternative route for commuters throughout the construction period, he noted.

“I ask that municipal police chief, Sen Sok and Meanchey districts administrations, and municipal public and transport department to cooperate and facilitate orderly traffic on those streets for the comfort of the people,” Mr Sreng added.

Kuch Srey Noun, 26, a tailor, yesterday said that her house is about 50 metres from Street 2004, noting that the construction area will impact her commute. However, she said she is happy to see City Hall doing work in order to prevent flooding.

“I have to ride a motorbike to take my sons to school every day along Street 2004, and it is really difficult during the rainy season because it always floods when there are heavy rains,” Ms Srey Noun said.

She added that 70 days is not too long of a period to block the street.

“I hope there will be no more floods after a bigger sewage drainage system is installed,” Ms Srey Noun said. “I always spend money on repairing my motorbike when the rainy season arrives.”

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