Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanouk governor issues fishing, tourist boat ban amid dangerous weather

Sihanouk governor issues fishing, tourist boat ban amid dangerous weather

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Monday banned small fishing and tourist boats from sailing out to sea due to bad weather conditions. Police

Sihanouk governor issues fishing, tourist boat ban amid dangerous weather

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Monday banned small fishing and tourist boats from sailing out to sea due to bad weather conditions.

Provincial police chief Chuon Narin said the ban had been effective since Sunday morning when gale-force winds caused a fishing boat to sink.

“Since Sunday, we have banned all fishing and tourist boats from leaving jetties. The wind is so strong and the tide is now up to 1.5m, which can cause accidents.

“On Monday morning, the weather seemed to turn, paving the way for large tourist and commercial boats to resume their activities,” he said.

Narin said navy police were constantly monitoring the weather and were ready to assist should any mishap occur.

Vann Eng, 20, a fisherman in Prey Nop district’s Koh Kyong area, said heavy rains and high winds had prevented her family and other villagers from going about their business.

“Generally, we do not go fishing if the weather appears to be very awful. Sometimes, bad weather lasts up to a week,” she said.

Morm Ry, a tourist boat operator in Koh Rong Sanloem commune’s Koh Touch village, said the weather tends to turn awful during the morning and evening.

He said it was usually clear between 11am and 2pm, during which he could bring tourists to the islands.

“It’s great that the police constantly inform the public about weather conditions on an hourly basis. This helps us know beforehand if it’s safe to head out to the sea. We must follow the authorities’ instructions to avoid accidents,” he said.

On Monday, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology appealed to all fishermen and tourists to exercise caution while the Kingdom is under the influence of the low-pressure Inter-tropical Convergence Zone and northeast monsoon winds.

Ministry spokesman Chan Youttha told The Post on Monday that rains will continue to fall in provinces in the southern, northwestern, and coastal areas.

“Based on the weather forecast, there will be heavy rains from today [Monday] until next Monday,” he said.

The tide, he said, could reach up to 2m in coastal provinces.

MOST VIEWED

  • Draft law on state of emergency pending finalisation

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a top-level meeting on Tuesdays to review the draft law on imposing a state of emergency. Meantime, he has decided to close all casinos in Cambodia effective April 1. In the press conference after the National Assembly met today, Hun

  • State of emergency on table amid pandemic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, his deputy prime ministers and legal team will meet on Tuesday to review the draft law on declaring a state of emergency, as Covid-19 cases rose to 107 in the Kingdom on Monday. Speaking at a press conference after a parliament meeting

  • Stranded passengers petition UK for help

    Some 10,521 people have signed an online petition calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and relevant officials to fly nearly 200 passengers out of Cambodia. The petition is targeted at 15,000 people. Most of the passengers are British nationals, who are stranded in Cambodia after airlines cancelled

  • Many in limbo as tension heightens

    As the Kingdom restricts travel and prepares for a state of emergency, some foreigners in Cambodia are scrambling for a way home. Foreign embassies in Phnom Penh are making efforts to get their citizens out, but cancelled flights have become common due to the coronavirus

  • Covid-19 Pandemic: Force majeure and legal consequences

    Is the Covid-19 pandemic considered an event of force majeure? The World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Following this declaration, the Ministry of Health and other ministries have taken various legal and administrative measures to prevent the rapid

  • State of emergency draft law set for NA

    A draft law aiming to place the Kingdom in a state of emergency amid the Covid-19 pandemic is set for a debate at the National Assembly (NA) after going through the Council of Ministers’ Standing Committee meeting led by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.