Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Calls for unblocking of canals in Preah Sihanouk

Calls for unblocking of canals in Preah Sihanouk

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities restore one of the six canals to drain rainwater. Kuoch Chamroeun page

Calls for unblocking of canals in Preah Sihanouk

Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun called for those who filled in and constructed buildings over canals to remove anything blocking the vital drainage systems as flooding continues to impact the province.

His statements came on Saturday as his forces went with heavy machinery to restore canals in six locations to drain rainwater flooding the towns and districts in his province.

Chamroeun said the city is being damaged by flooding as water is not draining sufficiently. But, he added, the provincial administration is preparing a plan to resolve the issue.

“It is raining more, and more people are violating the canals. Please remove [anything blocking them],” he said.

Kheang Phearum, Preah Sihanouk provincial administration spokesman, said on Sunday that the canal restoration included clearing canals in six locations with a total length of 710m. The canals in question were Andaung Untac canal, Sam Ath canal, O’Chhoeu Teal canal, M’lop Tapang canal, LV canal and canal one (of five).

“We appeal to citizens who are involved in filling in [soil] and the construction of buildings that violate canals. Please cooperate with the provincial administration to restore and expand canals as per the province’s master plan until all water from the floods can be released to avoid a disaster,” he said.

According to Phearum, flooding caused by rain early this month severely impacted four communes in Sihanoukville and Prey Nop district, resulting in damage to roads and bridges. In total 1,736 families, 937 houses and hundreds of cars, motorbikes, generators and electronic equipment were affected.

Chieb Sotheary, the provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said on Sunday that on August 13, Chamroeun met with civil society organisations to explore why flooding was impacting the town so badly.

She said that six civil society organisations requested that the provincial governor resolve the issue. “This issue has not just happened. It has been happening for a long time but only now it is being addressed,” she said.

Sotheary said that people continued to fill in and construct buildings on canals as the authorities failed to act against them.

“I support the activities of the province this time. But I would like what has been said to be recorded as a promise because those violating canals are not all normal people; some of them are powerful,” she claimed.


  • First deportees of the year touch down in Cambodia

    Twenty-five Cambodian-Americans landed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, marking the first such deportations of the year. “On Wednesday, US law enforcement authorities deported 25 Cambodian nationals that immigration judges determined had no legal basis to remain in the US,” said Arend Zwartjes, spokesperson for the US

  • Qatar Airways to connect Doha and Siem Reap town

    Qatar Airways Company QCSC has announced a new route connecting Qatar’s capital Doha with Siem Reap, a move hailed by local officials as a significant step to boost tourist numbers. A Qatar Airways representative, speaking at the Kuwait Aviation Show, announced on Thursday that

  • Sokha defence denies Tech’s claims

    ON DAY two of Kem Sokha’s treason trial, lawyers for the government said the defence had raised questions in an attempt to allow their client to make a public statement and a conclusion to the case, something his legal team denied. Ky Tech, a

  • Call for boycott of Angkor unacceptable

    Dear Editor, I wish to express my strong disagreement on the article published by Traveller for their website with the title Best places to go in 2020: 12 destinations you should avoid. Below is my opinion of the article. It is obviously free for the Traveller to

  • Probe underway after wreckage of drone with Chinese characters found

    Air Force Command spokesman Prak Sokha said on Sunday that investigations are underway regarding the wreckage of a drone that was recovered in Koh Kong province’s Koh Sdech commune in Kiri Sakor district. The wreckage has been taken to the capital for further examination,

  • Good governance needed for sustainable growth

    Cambodia is one of the most successful countries in achieving high and rapid economic growth in Asia and the world. The average 7 per cent of annual GDP growth in the past two decades has lifted millions of people out of poverty. In 2015, Cambodia graduated from