Water in Upstream Mekong Retreating, Yet Rising in Downstream Bringing More Floods

AKP Phnom Penh, August 02, 2018 —

While the water level in upstream Mekong River of Cambodia is retreating, it is still rising in downstream areas causing floods, and evacuations of and responses for affected residents have been carried out.

Level of water in Mekong River of Stung Treng province as of six o’clock this morning has gone down by 0.13 metre to 10.80 metres – slightly above the alarm level of 10.70 metres, according to the update from the provincial administration.

Nevertheless, water level in the Mekong of Kratie and Kampong Cham provinces late yesterday rose to 21.80 and 14.85 metres respectively.

In local media report, provincial authorities of the affected provinces are evacuating over 1,000 families affected to safety and dispatching some relief items to those severely impacted.

By far, the remaining and emerging river floods in Stung Treng, Kratie and Kampong Cham have inundated over 1,100 homes, schools, health centres and pagodas, and damaging roads and crops; yet no death has been reported.

The river floods follow last week’s collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower in Attapeu province of neighbouring Laos.

By Mom Chandara Soleil