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Drainage system will get overhaul to reduce floods

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A worker cleans a sewage manhole in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

City Hall will launch a campaign to restore a drainage network across four districts in Phnom Penh early next month to reduce flooding during the rainy season.

In a meeting with relevant officials and 12 district governors on Monday, Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said the restoration would focus on a drainage network of 460 kilometers across Daun Penh, Chamkarmon, 7 Makara and Tuol Kork districts.

The campaign, which authorities hope will solve the flooding situation in the capital, will begin early next month after preparing for Victory Day on January 7.

“I sent this plan to the public works department to prepare the restoration of our drainage system,” he said.

“To restore drainage on Monivong Boulevard, which is located in 7 Makara, Daun Penh and Chamkar Mon districts, we must repair the main canal, which is not just in one district.”

Mr Sreng continued, “When there are storms or rain in Phnom Penh, these four districts get flooded, but only for a short period. We will try to restore drainage so the flooding period is even shorter than this.”

In addition, City Hall plans to restore canals and have the drainage system release water to the south and west of Phnom Penh International Airport.

City Hall is also preparing for construction of the Lou Pram pumping station and will pump water from the Boeung Tumpun station to reduce flooding during next year’s rainy season.

Kim Cheang, a resident living in 7 Makara district, expressed his support of authorities to restore the drainage system to avoid flooding in some locations around Phnom Penh.

“I hope people support and cooperate with the authorities to restore the canal and drainage system because these are needs of the people,” he said.

According to a report from the Phnom Penh department of public works and transportation, Phnom Penh has a drainage system comprised of 732 kilometers in total and 44,807 wells.

The department has about five months to complete restoration of the drainage system across the four districts before the rainy season begins.

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