Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Crematoria to be closed

Crematoria to be closed

Crematoria to be closed

CITY Hall has ordered the closure of the city’s last four traditional temple crematoria following complaints about pollution and associated health issues, officials said Sunday.

Meas Nhjel, a representative of the municipal Department of Cults and Religions, said people living near the crematoria had expressed concern about excessive smoke from the traditional cremations.

“Local people are unhappy with the smoke that negatively impacts on their health and the environment. They expressed their concerns and complaints in a report to the municipal governor,” Meas Nhjel said.

Last September, City Hall ordered five pagodas in central Phnom Penh to close their crematoria after two large electric cremation systems opened in Dangkor district.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release