Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Flooding reaches Srekor village

Flooding reaches Srekor village

Srekor village pagoda was partially submerged on Friday following heavy rains and the closing of one of the gates of the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in Stung Treng province. Mother Nature
Srekor village pagoda was partially submerged on Friday following heavy rains and the closing of one of the gates of the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in Stung Treng province. Mother Nature

Flooding reaches Srekor village

Rising waters caused by heavy rains and the closure of the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam’s gates reached Stung Treng’s Srekor village on Friday, causing some of the village’s last holdouts to begin evacuating.

Threatened by the Lower Sesan II dam reservoir’s rising waters, Srekor village and nearby Kbal Romeas village continue to house hundreds of ethnic minority villagers who refuse to abandon their ancestral homes.

Srekor village representative Fut Khoeun said water levels rose substantially on Friday, leaving parts of the village under more than a metre of water.

“At some locations, the water is about 1 metre high, and some others are about 1.5 metres,” said Khoeun. “About 20 to 30 households face serious flooding and [their inhabitants] left for a safer place temporarily,” Khoeun said.

Khoeun added that besides damaging property, the flooding would damage the papaya, banana, melon, gourd and sugarcane crops that the villagers depend on for their livelihoods.

Stung Treng Provincial Hall spokesman Men Kong said that the water has begun to recede.

“There is no serious situation. [The villagers] moved their cattle to a safe location,” Kong said. “People could travel in and out of their houses to safe places via small boats.” He added that a force of 50 provincial authorities, including police, Military Police and medics was stationed near the village and prepared to assist its residents.

Though Kbal Romeas village did not yet experience flooding, villagers there continue to log bamboo branches in hopes of making their homes float in the event of a flood.

The executive director of NGO Forum, Tep Vannara, said that his organisation yesterday morning held a meeting in Srekor with about 100 participants from Srekor and Kbal Romeas. Yesterday’s gathering, he said, took place in order to prepare for another meeting taking place today in Stung Treng town, in which around 35 representatives from both communities will meet with representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the provincial government.

“The villagers want to remain in the old village, and if the old village floods, they want to move to a safe area nearby,” said Touch Thou, NGO Forum’s policy monitoring coordinator. “They don’t want the company or the government to force them to move from the old village.”

Thou said that members of 12 NGOs, including 3SPN, My Village and NGO Forum would also be present.

Additional Reporting by Martin de Bourmont

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • Huge 3.5-tonne ivory haul seized in capital

    Working with US officials, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port has uncovered almost 3.5 tonnes of elephant ivory hidden in a container, the US Embassy in Cambodia said on Facebook on Saturday. A tip-off provided to the General Department of Customs and Excise by a US Fish and

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked

  • Assembly passes amendment to Political Party Law Article 45

    The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties in a move that could pave the way for former senior opposition leaders banned for five years to return to the political stage. As expected, the 115 ruling