... and it will get much worse, warn city officials, because the sewer system
S OME parts of the city
were flooded by just one night's heavy rain this week, and the situation is
expected get worse with each downpour because of sewer, dike and dam
Chap Nhalyvoud, vice governor of Phnom Penh Municipality, said
the Municipility desperately lacked money to restore the old sewer
"We have no budget to repair and clean the sewer system and water
pumping machines as frequently as is needed," he said.
He said if it
rained, Phnom Penh must flood because the problem hasn't been solved. However,
he said the municipality had managed to get some money from big business
companies for a sewer system project, but much more is still needed.
International funds are being sought.
Nhalyvoud said the big flooding
problems were made worse by people throwing rubbish into sewers. He appealled to
residents to be careful and responsible, and not to throw rubbish into sewers
which then cause blockages.
The rainy season normally begins late May at
the earliest, or June, and will last six to seven months. However, there may
well be flucuations in the length of the season and the intensity of the
rainfall due mainly to environmental factors. Experts say the loss of forest and
jungle cover is likely to alter typical weather patterns.