Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Families told not to rebuild

Families told not to rebuild

Families told not to rebuild

REPRESENTATIVES of 24 families living along a railway line in the Boeung Kak lakeside’s Village 1 said yesterday that Srah Chak commune officials had warned them against repairing their homes, more than two weeks after they were submerged by sand pumped into the area by a development company.

Chan Rithisak said commune authorities had told the families that their building materials would be confiscated if they attempted to repair their homes, and that they should instead “endure” their situation. He said such a suggestion was impossible.

“We can not endure now, we need to rebuild our homes to live in safety,” he said.

Ung Sothy, 63, said she was concerned that her grandchildren could be in danger from electric shocks or dengue fever due to the flooding.

“Currently, we seem to live in a prison, not in a home, because the commune authorities prevent us from rebuilding [our homes],” she said.

Deputy Commune Chief In Sophorn said she had told Shukaku Inc, the company that is developing the lakeside area, to help pump water away from the homes of families in Village 1.

“I think that tomorrow the water will be pumped from their homes,” she said.

She also said that the families – who say they have still not received US$8,500 in relocation compensation that Shukaku Inc had agreed to pay them in 2007  – “should continue to wait”. “I am waiting for a regulation from the Phnom Penh governor,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,