Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Emergency alerts are issued as rivers flood

Emergency alerts are issued as rivers flood

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The stretch of the Mekong River passing through Stung Treng province had reached a level of 11.82m. Supplied

Emergency alerts are issued as rivers flood

Some 8,000 families in Stung Treng province have been affected by heavy flooding as the Mekong and Sekong Rivers surged beyond emergency levels on Sunday. This resulted in 2,210 families fleeing to higher ground, Stung Treng Provincial Hall spokesman Men Kong said.

“Authorities have focused their attention on rescuing people and moving them to higher ground as we provide food and medicine. Provincial authorities have deployed health staff and placed medical specialists on standby to provide round-the-clock treatment and education for residents,” Kong said.

The stretch of the Mekong River passing through Stung Treng province had reached a level of 11.82m. The province has set 10.7m as the limit before an emergency is declared.

The Sekong River requires an emergency declaration when the water level reaches 11.5m in Stung Treng province. And it has already reached as high 11.82m there.

The Stung Treng Municipal Hall was unable to provide figures regarding damage the floods had done to crops and the city’s infrastructure as of Sunday. However, Kong said low lying areas in Stung Treng town and six districts there have been completely submerged.

National Committee for Disaster Management first vice-president Kun Kim called on relevant authorities to direct their attention to assisting residents.

Emergency declarations were also issued in Kratie and Kampong Cham provinces as the Mekong River water level rose beyond emergency levels in those provinces too, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology’s reported on Sunday.

The Kingdom has been pummelled by a pair of powerful storms which poured rain over the Mekong River Basin since the end of August.

At least four deaths have been reported since September 3, including a seven-year-old boy in Kampong Chhnang province who was washed away while playing in a flooded paddy field.

MOST VIEWED

  • Draft law on state of emergency pending finalisation

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a top-level meeting on Tuesdays to review the draft law on imposing a state of emergency. Meantime, he has decided to close all casinos in Cambodia effective April 1. In the press conference after the National Assembly met today, Hun

  • Stranded passengers petition UK for help

    Some 10,521 foreigners in Cambodia, the bulk being from the UK, have signed an online petition calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and relevant officials to fly them out of the Kingdom. The petition is targeted at 15,000 foreigners. Among them are nearly 200 Europeans, the majority

  • State of emergency on table amid pandemic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, his deputy prime ministers and legal team will meet on Tuesday to review the draft law on declaring a state of emergency, as Covid-19 cases rose to 107 in the Kingdom on Monday. Speaking at a press conference after a parliament meeting

  • Covid-19 Pandemic: Force majeure and legal consequences

    Is the Covid-19 pandemic considered an event of force majeure? The World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Following this declaration, the Ministry of Health and other ministries have taken various legal and administrative measures to prevent the rapid

  • PM set to mend ties with US

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has responded to US Congressman Ted Yoho, saying he is ready to improve Cambodia-US relations, and not take up issues of disagreements which have become a barrier between the two countries’ bilateral cooperation. His response to Yoho came after the congressman

  • Mysterious century-old structure found at bottom of Angkor pond

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has discovered a mysterious 1,000-year-old structure of a wooden building at the bottom of a pond after the Angkor Wat temple’s conservation team completed restoring its northern cave. The deputy director at ANA’s Angkor International Research and Documentation