Extra Attention on Possible Flooding Notified for Residents Along Mekong River

AKP Phnom Penh, July 19, 2018 —

Competent authorities have called for extra attention among residents of provinces along Mekong River, although current water in the river has not reached alarming level.

The notification follows on-going low-pressure and heavy rainfalls at the upper part of Mekong River as well as other areas, particularly coastal provinces of Cambodia.

In his interview with local media, H.E. Chan Yutha, spokesperson at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology explained that the weather condition is influenced by happening 9th storm called Son-Tinh in China Sea heading toward an area of Hanoi, Vietnam.

The effect will last at least until July 21 and more storms are likely, but the public as well as those in vulnerable areas will be kept well posted.

While considering ways to maintain flooded water for agricultural purpose in later season, people in provinces along Mekong River, including Kratie, should be prepared for possible flooding.

As affirmed by H.E. Chan Yutha, concerned local authorities are following up the situation of floodwater 24 hours a day, and directions to free the water has been advised by the ministry.

Coastal and lowland provinces of Cambodia such as Kampong Speu, Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Kampot and Battambong are facing torrential rains and flashfloods, and traffic along some roads are temporarily halted.

By Mom Chandara Soleil