Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - High seas alert on coasts, stormy week ahead

High seas alert on coasts, stormy week ahead

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Koh Kong provincial authorities prepare to evacuate people and animals to a safe place in Koh Kong district’s Trapaing Roung commune on Tuesday. FACEBOOK

High seas alert on coasts, stormy week ahead

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on October 12 issued a warning that rainstorms and dangerous sea conditions will continue in coastal areas and the central lowlands, which could present risks for people, especially for fishermen.

The warning came after weather officials said that the season’s 18th Typhoon Kompasu in the South China Sea would produce a depression and the southwest monsoon was intensifying as a high pressure system and winds from China were moving down to affect northern Cambodia.

According to the forecast, from October 13-19 the capital and seven provinces in the country’s central and southern areas bordering Vietnam, including the provinces next to the Cardamom Mountains, will receive heavy rainfall and high winds which can pose a risk to people.

Um Rina, director of the ministry’s meteorology department, told The Post that from October 13-15, coastal provinces will receive heavy rainfall, strong winds and heavy seas. Everybody must take extra precautions during these weather conditions.

“In this situation, people, especially fishermen, must be more careful about these natural disasters,” he said.

At the same time, coastal provincial authorities have continued to inform locals by preparing measures to deal with any disaster that could be caused by the weather.

Preah Sihanouk provincial water resources department director Heng Sophornrith told The Post that the provincial administration had temporarily prohibited waterway traffic because it was now raining and there were big waves.

“At this time, there are no strong winds at sea, but the sky is cloudy due to several days of rains and there are big waves. In this situation, the provincial administration requested fishermen and tour boat operators to temporarily suspend operations to avoid accidents,” he said.

Sophornrith added that specialists are now monitoring water levels on the Samrong River in Kampong Seila district as levels have risen significantly. As of the afternoon of October 12, water levels were 4.75m, and an emergency is declared when levels reach 6m.

He continued that if the weather forecast for the next three days continues, it will make the river to rise further or cause floods in certain areas near the river, especially at O’Bak Rotes village.

Similarly, Kampot provincial Fisheries Administration chief Sar Sorin told The Post that fishermen had suspended fishing two days ago due to heavy rains. However, some fishermen continued to fish in areas around small islands to support their families.

“With modern technology, they can get up-to-date information about the weather and they know exactly where they can fish,” he said. “But we also need to remind them to be extra careful to avoid potential danger.”

Mak Brang commune chief Seng Chhay said that on the afternoon of October 11, Kampot provincial authorities decided to open sluice gates at Kamchay hydropower dam to release water from the reservoir. Water from the dam has flooded parts of Teuk Chhou district’s Mak Brang commune, downstream of the Teuk Chhou area. But the water did not affect any farmers’ homes or crops.

“The lower part of the Teuk Chhou creek in Mak Brang commune was flooded, but did not affect people’s homes and crops,” he said.

However, authorities were continuing to monitor the situation in the creek and were ready to assist people in case of floods.

Seng Chhay added that technical officials from the Kampot provincial Department of Mines and Energy were cooperating with technical teams from the Kamchay dam company to gradually release water from the reservoir to avoid flooding.


  • 12th Cambodia int’l film festival to see return of Hollywood star

    Phnom Penh is set to come alive with the magic of cinema as the highly anticipated 12th Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) takes centre stage. Boasting an impressive line-up of 188 films from 23 countries, including captivating shorts, feature films, documentaries and animation, the festival promises an

  • Brawl marrs football final as Indonesian take gold in seven goal thriller

    The Indonesian men's U22 men national football team were crowned champions of the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia, defeating Thailand 5-2 in extra time on May 16 at Olympic National Stadium in Phnom Penh. The match was marred by an ugly incident that occured in the 91

  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Candlelight Party disqualified from July general election

    The National Election Committee (NEC) has disqualified the Candlelight Party (CP) from contesting the upcoming general election, citing a lack of valid documentation. NEC spokesman Khorn Keomono said the CP failed to fulfil one of the three main requirements: including original documentation proving their registration

  • Thong Khon calls for orderly SEA Games closing ceremony

    Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and permanent vice-president of the Cambodia SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC), calls on all people who have received tickets to the May 17 closing ceremony of the biennial multi-sports extravaganza at the Morodok Techo National Stadium to ensure that the event

  • 1.4 billion dollar Phnom Penh-Bavet expressway due in four years

    The Government, through the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, has officially signed a public-private partnership agreement with a private company for the construction of a Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway project that will connect the capital to Svay Rieng province. The budget for the project is