Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Homes, crops affected in northwest flooding

Homes, crops affected in northwest flooding

Destruction caused by floods due to heavy rainfall in the past five days in Pailin province. Photo supplied
Destruction caused by floods due to heavy rainfall in the past five days in Pailin province. Photo supplied

Homes, crops affected in northwest flooding

Five days of rain wreaked havoc in Cambodia’s northwest, with hundreds of hectares of crops affected in Pailin province and heavy flooding in Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet town.

In Stung Trang commune of Pailin’s Sala Krao district, 55 homes were flooded while “many hundreds” of hectares of cassava, corn and rice fields were destroyed or damaged, District Governor Sam Saret reported yesterday, adding that some families were evacuated.

“Authorities intervened to evacuate some families to safety on hills while the rain kept falling,” Saret said.

Given that the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology predicts more rain this week, Saret expressed concern over residents being able to vote on Sunday’s commune election.

“The voters and election organisers will face many problems,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Poipet town, floodwaters affected roads, homes, the Prom Nimit Primary School and Wat Thmey Pagoda, forcing authorities to deploy flood barricades, Deputy Town Governor Norng Thoeun said.

According to Thoeun, “flooding occurred because of waste from people littering, which blocked the sewage system, and three days of rain”. He added that authorities are working with residents to unblock the drainage pipes “so that the water will recede quickly”.

According to the latest ministry weather forecast, rains will continue to fall throughout the Kingdom through June 1.

MOST VIEWED

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in

  • No ‘Crown Prince’ exists to buy France football club: ministry

    The Ministry of the Royal Palace has denied media reports that a Cambodian “Crown Prince” had purchased the AS Saint Etienne football club of France’s top-flight LIGUE 1 at the cost of €100 million ($117 million). In a press statement on September 19, the ministry stressed that Cambodia