Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chief plans riverbank petition

Chief plans riverbank petition

Chief plans riverbank petition

A village chief plans to submit a petition on behalf of more than 300 families living in three villages in Kampong Cham province’s Tbong Khmum district who are concerned about their homes after nine dredging boats continued to pump sand along a river bank yesterday.

Korn Mab, 40, of Rokarthom village in Chirou I commune, said a Vietnamese company had resumed sand pumping after suspending its activities in September following a complaint filed to the provincial hall by 200 families. He claimed that four villagers’ houses had collapsed last month as a result of dredging activities.

Village chief Heng Sun Lai said about 60 families had been forced to relocate since July, and that the firm’s activities would ultimately affect residents from Chirong Krom, Prek Kou and Rokarthom villages. He added that he wanted officials to assess the cause of the bank’s collapse.

“If it is found that the river bank’s collapse was caused by the Vietnamese company’s sand pumping, the villagers will file a complaint to demand compensation,” Heng Sun Lai said.

Um Vibol, director of the provincial department of Water Resources and Meteorology, said  he would examine the case.

“The provincial authorities issued a certification confirming that the company could not pump sand,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from

  • Conflict lingers on Paris Accords

    As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being

  • EU agrees VN trade deal despite rights concerns

    The EU on Wednesday agreed to a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam, a country described as having a “major rights-abusing government”. This comes amid the 28-nation bloc preparing the procedure for a possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade agreement on