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Drought damages rice fields in Banteay Meanchey

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About 46,000 hectares have been affected by the drought. Rasmei News

Banteay Meanchey province’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries yesterday reported that almost 1,000 hectares of rice paddy have been damaged by drought.

Pang Vannaseth, department spokesman, yesterday said that the province has been severely hit by drought.

Mr Vannaseth noted that the province is home to 248,904 hectares of rice paddy throughout 38 communes.

He said 46,623 hectares have been affected by the drought, while 991 hectares have been damaged.

“There is rain, but it doesn’t fall all across the province,” Mr Vannaseth said.

“During these past few days, rain has begun to fall, so some rice paddies have become greener,” he added. “Nevertheless, there’s not enough water to soak the grain.”

Mr Vannaseth noted that around this time last year, the province simultaneously experienced floods and drought. However, he noted that this year the province is only battling drought.

He noted that he could not compare the level of damage between last year and this year since authorities still need time to follow up the issue.

Keo Vy, National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman, yesterday said more than 150,000 hectares of rice paddy across the Kingdom have been affected by a series of droughts.

Mr Vy noted that more than 60,000 hectares were affected in Battambang province, about 40,000 hectares in Pursat province, while other provinces have also been slightly affected, including Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Oddar Meanchey, Prey Veng, Kampong Cham and Tboung Khmum provinces.

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