Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Dredging resumes on Tatai in Koh Kong

Dredging resumes on Tatai in Koh Kong

A barge filled with sand travels along a river in Koh Kong province earlier this year.
A barge filled with sand travels along a river in Koh Kong province earlier this year. Phal Choeun

Dredging resumes on Tatai in Koh Kong

Sand dredging in several areas of Koh Kong province has resumed following protests against the controversial practice earlier this year, local residents and an advocacy group have said.

Machinery and sand dredging barges have been sighted regularly in the province’s Koh Kong district since last month, some operated by men dressed in military uniforms, local fisherman Phin Sophany, 35, said.

The dredging is being carried out on the Tatai River in the Trapaing Roung area and at Trangaol Island, according to Sophany and other locals.

“The sand dredging is happening at the places we are fishing, and we cannot catch fish anymore because it is so noisy and makes the water even deeper,” he said.

Locals also reported seeing two soldiers from a local brigade working with the companies, which could not be identified.

Dredging licences for the area have previously been issued to two companies, Direct Access Co Ltd and International Rainbow Co Ltd.

Phal Chamroeun of the Community Legal Education Center said the brief lull in dredging operations on the back of community protests had ended.

“There has been no intervention from the authorities. They want to keep sand dredging a secret,” he said.

Pich Siyun, director of the Koh Kong department of mines and energy, could not be reached, and provincial hall administration director Ouch Touch said he was not aware of a resumption of dredging.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Monks given ‘Samdech’ title for contributions

    Three senior monks on Thursday were given the highest-ranking title “samdech”, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying that the promotions were due to their contributions to Buddhism. The three distinguished monks were promoted on Thursday morning at Botum Vatey pagoda in Phnom Penh, at a

  • Facing possible sanctions, PM criticises Washington’s rights record

    While United States congressmen are discussing the Cambodia Democracy Act and an amendment that could impose more sanctions against Cambodia’s government, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday counterattacked by questioning the respect of human rights and democracy under the US-backed Lon Nol regime, and