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Truck curb in city for Water Festival

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The ban is aimed at reducing traffic congestion during the festival. KT/Mai Vireak

The Phnom Penh Governor has asked construction sites using concrete trucks and other heavy vehicles, to cease operations in the city during the Water Festival.

Governor Khoung Sreng issued the directive yesterday, advising truck drivers to avoid the capital from November 1 to 5, from 10am to 10pm.

“In order to reduce traffic jams, City Hall cannot allow trucks, taxis, cars and all kinds of remorks to drive into the capital while the Water Festival takes place,” Mr Sreng said.

Mr Sreng added that parking spaces were being organised for revellers travelling into the capital from  the provinces.

Chan Sitha, head of the intervention unit of the National Police, said yesterday that about 300 intervention forces will be on 24-hour duty during the Water Festival for security, safety, public order, and to prevent all kinds of crime.

“We are prepared to prevent terrorism and protests if they happen during the festival,” he said.

Mr Sitha said that his unit had10 anti-terror trucks, four anti-protest trucks, four fire trucks, three trucks for general help, 20 motorbikes for patrols and eight buses.

The Ministry of Interior has assigned more than 1,000 armed forces for security detail during the festival as well.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has assigned 58 ambulances and about 1,000 health officials at 12 pop-up locations to treat patients in need of emergency care.

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