City’s flood action plan

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City Hall officials are holding meetings with other departments to find ways to let water flow from flood-prone areas of Chbar Ampov district.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said the district was the lowest-lying area and routinely suffered floods after heavy rain.
 
He said the municipality was not going to dig a lake to store water but would organise drainage for water to flow into the river.
 
“This location currently has ditches and canals, but those canals are not functioning as reservoirs or waterways because they are clogged with garbage or mud.
 
“Some people build illegal homes along the canal, so we will organise a plan to reclaim the land that has been illegally grabbed for construction. “We will fix places which are clogged with garbage and mud.”
 
A report on Phnom Penh’s lakes by housing NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut said development and rapid expansion in the capital have affected flooding in heavy rain.
 
STT researchers studied 25 lakes in Phnom Penh and found that 15 had been filled in.
 
A further eight had been partially filled in, and another had become shallower as a result of garbage emptied into the area.
 
One citizen in Chbar Ampov district’s Prek Pra commune said roads in his area always flooded after rain because people had brought in additional soil and built houses above the road and drainage system.
 
The environment would improve if the drainage was restored, he said.

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