Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rice farmers dig canals to fight floods

Rice farmers dig canals to fight floods

Farmers dig ditches to divert floodwaters from their paddy fields in Prey Veng province. Photo supplied
Farmers dig ditches to divert floodwaters from their paddy fields in Prey Veng province. Photo supplied

Rice farmers dig canals to fight floods

Farmer in Prey Veng’s Svay Antor and Pea Reang and Kanh Chriech districts began digging canals this week to save their rice fields from heavy rains.

Prey Kla Commune Chief Sao Thai said villagers in his commune began digging the canals two days ago, after nearly two weeks of rainfall flooded 3,000 hectares of rice fields in the three districts.

According to Thai, officials from the provincial Water Resources Department began digging canals last weekend but failed to dig deep enough.

“We cannot just excavate canals to drain the water out. [The fields are at] the deepest point of the creek . . . all the water will be drained out,” explained Department Director Chum Sophy.

Yeang Eun a farmer from Prey Khla commune, criticised the officials for digging canals in areas that she said experienced little flooding. Ultimately, she said, the villagers decided to grab hoes to dig the canals themselves.

Yesterday, Svay Antor District Governor Doch Kunthea visited the area, advising commune and village chiefs and farmers to close the canals once the rains subsided.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen asks Cambodians to believe in government

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked citizens and investors to trust that the government will overcome the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the loss of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. Speaking to reporters at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,

  • Westerdam passenger ‘never had’ Covid-19

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US citizen that allegedly tested positive in Malaysia after travelling on the Westerdam was never infected with Covid-19 in the first place. In an article published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday, CDC

  • ‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers

    The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’. This is despite claims by the Ministry of

  • Woman wanted for killing own son

    Police in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district are on the lookout for a woman who allegedly hacked her son to death on Sunday in Stung Meanchey III commune. District police chief Meng Vimeandara identified the son as Chan Sokhom, 32. “The offender can’t escape forever.

  • H5N1 also poses deadly threat, ministry warns

    The Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) department has called on citizens to excise caution over H5N1 or bird flu that is spreading in the southern province of Vietnam. In a Facebook post, the department announced that it has made a series

  • Malaysia in turmoil

    Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has done it again. At the centre of two days of high drama and political manoeuvring, he has, wittingly or not, contributed to shaking Malaysia, and further causing its equities market to fall nearly three per cent. The drama