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Floods, heavy rains coming

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A low-pressure system from the South China Sea is expected to bring medium-to-heavy rain in the country which could cause flooding in the north. Water Resources Ministry

Floods, heavy rains coming

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology warned again of rain-induced floods that might happen this weekend in low-lying areas close to waterways, the foot of mountains and highlands that are prone to containing rainwater.

The ministry is advising citizens who live in rain-prone areas to be careful of the dangers.

A ministry alert released on Tuesday announced that from September 30 to October 6, a low-pressure system from the South China Sea will cross Cambodia.

The situation will bring medium-to-heavy rain in the country which could cause flooding in the north. Coastal areas will experience huge waves and powerful rainstorms.

The ministry advised citizens to prepare in advance to avoid dangers from floods and rainstorms.

The warning said people should monitor the water levels of streams, rivers and tributaries near their communities.

Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrov district deputy police chief Ses Vibol told The Post on Tuesday that stream waters bordering Thailand have risen again, flooding O’Beichoan village. Water from a recent storm just receded three days ago, he said.

“The rain has started to fall again, but it is just a drizzle. Water likely flowed from streams above,” Vibol said.

He said O’Chrov district authorities recently evacuated 190 families to higher ground. More than 60 families have yet to return to their homes.

Mongkol Borei district governor Roth Da Sinong said a river in his district has risen but hasn’t overflowed its banks although some rice fields were flooded.

Da Sinong recently led officials and soldiers to harvest rice for residents in Rahat Teuk commune.

“For now, farmers are busy growing rice in the rainy season for the second stage. Until now, they have grown rice on 10,000ha which is more than the planned 4,000ha,” he said.

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Khun Sokha said farmers should prepare water storage systems to hold water in the dry season.

“For now, scattered rain showers have fallen across the country. But the waters in some rivers and lakes have not risen. So, we should be prepared to store rainwater to be used in times of shortage,” he said.

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