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Project to curb floods

Project to curb floods

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Rainy season may be a couple months away, but Phnom Penh is already at work on plans to ease the strain on a drainage system that sometimes leaves the capital’s side streets waist-deep in water.

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The Phnom Penh municipality is set to begin contruction on Monday for a project funded by the Japanese government, in order to improve both the infastructure of the city’s drainage system and its capability to handle flood water.

This drainage project is the third phase of a plan laid out by city hall in 1999 with hopes to make vast physical improvements to the capital.

According to City Hall, the Cambodian and Japanese governments last week signed an agreement stating that the Japanese would provide 3.7 billion yen (US$ 44.2 million) in financial support for the project, which is slated to wrap up construction in October 2015.

Japanese company Sumitomo Mitsui Construction is spearheading the major changes being made to the drainage system.

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