Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fish deaths probed in Preah Vihear

Fish deaths probed in Preah Vihear

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Preah Vihear community members collect remains of dead fish after they asked Labour Ministry for intervention. Photo supplied

Fish deaths probed in Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear provincial authorities collected fish and water samples for examination on Monday after nearly a week of mass fish deaths in the Stung Sen river.

Ea Sokha, the director of the Preah Vihear environment department, said the fish began dying on March 24. Local authorities appealed to people living along the river to refrain from consuming or selling fish from the river.

Sokha said that the fish and water samples have been sent to a Phnom Penh laboratory for examination. “There are 3 to 4 tonnes of dead fish per day,” said Sokha, adding that the deaths continue to occur.

Lut Sang, a member of local NGO Ponlok Khmer, said that his organisation visited the river last Friday after hearing complaints from villagers.

Sang said that he and many villagers believe that runoff from a factory owned by the Rui Feng sugar company – located 10 kilometres from the river, in Chey Sen district – is behind the fish deaths.

“We suspect that the company released pollution into the river,” he said.

Sokha, however, said “the villagers blame the company, but those are their suspicions”. Experts “have not officially confirmed the reason”, he said.

Tach Vuthy, a resident of Prame commune, said that some villagers still collected the dead fish to make prahok.

“They know that it will affect their health but they do not care. They care about having something to eat,” Vuthy said.

Kuy Yoeun, administration manager of the Rui Feng company, could not be reached for comment.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all