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Japan wades in to prevent floods in capital

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Camera investigations will be used to inspect the state of city drainage pipes in a bid to stop floods. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will today begin two days of drainage work to clear clogged systems that led to recent floods in the capital.

A statement released yesterday said the organisation will be conducting the drainage work on pipes around Wat Phnom, with help from City Hall.

“Phnom Penh faces challenges in discharging rain water to the river when drainage pipes are damaged or filled by sludge,” the statement said. “The city will conduct camera investigations to analyse the insides of pipes, mitigate floods and maximise drainage function.”

Chou Kimtry, deputy director of Phnom Penh’s Public Works Department, declined to comment.

Department director Sam Piseth told local TV that factors such as climate change were responsible for recent downpours of more than 40 millimetres of rain per hour, beyond the ability of drains to cope.

Heavy rains are expected to continue until at least Tuesday.

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