Tens of thousands of hectares in two areas in Banteay Meanchey province are facing damage due to inconsistent rain over the past week.
In a statement, the Provincial Hall said about 26,000 hectares in Mongkol Borey district and Serei Saophoan city are facing potential disaster.
Serei Saophoan Governor Hil Raya said the city is facing a shortage of water in the communes of Kampong Svay, O Ambel, Preah Ponlea, Phniet and Kaoh Pong Satv.
Mr Saophoan said under the order of the provincial governor, officials inspected the sites and noted potential damage to rice cultivation.
He said in order to address the issue, the provincial officials brought two water pumps to help with irrigation for rice farmers.
“The authorities came to check and intervened by bringing large water pumps from the provincial water resources and meteorology department,” Mr Saophoan said. “The water is taken from a water source in the city to affected areas.”
Mongkol Borey district Governor Roath Da Samnong said 13 communes in his district face a shortage of water.
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