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Repairs underway for Phnom Penh’s flood-damaged roads

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Repairs around the city are underway after recent severe floods damaged 627km of national and unpaved roads. PHNOM PENH MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT

Repairs underway for Phnom Penh’s flood-damaged roads

Twenty-nine streets in Phnom Penh damaged during recent floods are undergoing repair by the municipal administration in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the public works ministry said they include national roads 2 and 3, Prey Sar Street and National Road 20A from the Kuor Srov roundabout in the capital’s Dangkor district to the boundary with Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district. Street 217 from Prek Chrey bridge south to the Kuor Srov roundabout has been repaired and opened to traffic, except for heavy vehicles.

A section of National Road 4 from Kamboul village to O’Doem in Phnom Penh’s Kamboul district has been repaired and is ready for traffic. The Prek Thnot dam in Dangkor district’s Spean Thma commune is also being repaired and will be able to resume normal traffic soon.

Heng Nguon, director of the municipal public works department’s road and bridge unit, told The Post: “Our team is continuing to repair National Road 4 and some streets in Dangkor district to allow people to travel.”

Nguon said repairs to national roads 2, 3 and 4 are temporary for now. Final repairs and upgrades will be carried out after more evaluation.

Dangkor governor Kim Nhep told The Post the floods damaged nine paved roads in the district, several concrete foundations and some drainage systems.

“These nines roads are being repaved. Concrete roads were not severely damaged, but there are cracks in places because the foundation is soft,” she said, adding big trucks are temporarily banned.

The municipal hall on Wednesday announced a plan to restore walls at Boeung Tompun Lake and repair the Tompun Pumping Station in Meanchey district’s Boeung Tompun I commune.

It said if the administration does not take measures to protect and restore the station, it could flood and can cause a fire.

According to a report from the National Committee for Disaster Management, recent flash floods affected 627km of national and unpaved roads in 19 provinces and killed 44 people.

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