The Water Resources Ministry and Meteorology is blaming a shortage of water in several provinces on excess rice farming.
Chan Youttha, a ministry spokesman, said that the provinces facing water shortages include Takeo, Battambang, Svay Rieng, Kampot, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng and Koh Kong provinces.
“We can control the situation, but in some areas, there is a little water because people are farming the dry season rice surpassing the plan set by provincial administrations,” Mr Youttha said.
He said that despite the shortage, water remains available in some reservoirs.
The ministry warned of the water level at the Mongkul Borey reservoir in Banteay Meanchey province falling due to drought.
Yesterday, Kun Kim, first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, visited Serey Saophorn river as local authorities were pumping water from other rivers to feed into Mongkul Borey reservoir to help more than 8,000 families who lack water for use.
“Now, the people have enough water to use because they can take water from Serey Saophorn river and Mongkul Borey reservoir,” Mr Kim said.
Mr Kim said that officials followed up water shortage situations and in case of no water, the local authority will pump water from Kamping Puoy reservoir in Battambang province.
The ministry announced last week that Mongkul Borey reservoir only has enough water to supply Mongkul Borey district for three more days and steps are being taken to top up its level.
It said that the reservoir was facing a drop in levels because the water was drawn from it for more dry-season rice cultivation than planned.