Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Prey Veng bird die-off slows down, recent rains believed to have helped

Prey Veng bird die-off slows down, recent rains believed to have helped

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Dead birds at Boeung Sne in Prey Veng province in March. Prey Veng Information Department

Prey Veng bird die-off slows down, recent rains believed to have helped

The number of wild birds dying in the Tuolporn Taley Boeung Sne Multiple-Use Area in Prey Veng province is declining after recent rainfalls, according to local authorities and community members. The cause of the deaths is suspected to be water pollution, chemicals, old age and disease.

“From April 1 to April 6, the number of dead birds decreased to only between 35 and 57 a day. This is about 150 less compared to March 21-22, when there were more than 200 deaths a day,” chief of Tuolporn Taley preservation community Puth Bou said on April 6.

He added that his team collected 50 carcasses on April 2 and between 35 and 57 the following days to April 6. The carcasses were destroyed in a pit about 500m from where the dead birds were found.

An investigation by the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries on March 24 revealed that bird carcasses contained the A/H5N1 virus.

“It’s very lucky that so far the virus has not spread to local animals like pigs, ducks and hens,” Bou said.

Community member Kang Thoeurn said 20 villagers had volunteered to collect the carcasses and destroy them to prevent further spread of the disease.

“We are collecting carcasses every day and also planting about 200 trees to establish a bird habitat,” he said.

Ba Phnom district governor Tep Phearun said on April 6 that volunteer work from the community helped to reduce the spread of the virus and bird deaths. He hoped that no more birds would die in future.

“Currently, less than 60 birds die a day. In total, 1,556 birds had been collected and destroyed from March 17 to April 6,” he said, adding that the 1,556 birds did not include others that died in the deep forest where it is too difficult to retrieve any carcasses.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • Cambodian diaspora laud Manet’s UN Assembly visit

    Members of the Cambodian diaspora are rallying in support of Prime Minister Hun Manet’s forthcoming visit to the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) in the US’ New York City this week. Their move is an apparent response to a recent call by self-exiled former

  • PM to open new Siem Reap int’l airport December 1

    Prime Minister Hun Manet and Chinese leaders would jointly participate in the official opening of the new Chinese-invested Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport on December 1. The airport symbolises a new page in the history of Cambodian aviation, which will be able to welcome long-distance flights to