Authorities in Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces are on high alert and standing-by to rescue residents affected by floods as water levels in the Stung Sen River continue to rise.
National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy said yesterday that water levels for parts of the river in Preah Vihear province have already reached alert levels.
The benchmark is 11.40 metres and the water level increased to 11.48 metres on Monday, then to 12.16 metres yesterday, said Mr Vy.
He said the water will continue to rise, and the alert level will be reached for parts of the river in Kampong Thom province today, likely at a height of 13.50 metres.
“The authorities in these two provinces advised all citizens who are living along Stung Sen River to be careful,” said Mr Vy. “Local authorities have already prepared to assist people in need, with boats and speed boats for evacuations.”
Mr Vy said no residents have evacuated their homes thus far.
“Depending on the weather, the citizens should evacuate to a safer place soon because the rain is going to keep dropping,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, three districts have so far suffered from some flooding, including Chhaeb, Chey Sen and Tbaeng Meanchey.
Tbeng Meanchey district police chief Pav Vandy said two communes are affected by the flooding, but it is not too serious.
“The floods have only affected about 100 to 150 metres of land, and also some rice fields,” he said, noting no homes had been hit as yet.
Preah Vihear provincial hall also issued a letter of warning to residents.
“Please quickly inform the chief of your village, commune, district or provincial authorities if you face floods,” said the letter.