Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thousands affected by flooding, strong winds in first half of August

Thousands affected by flooding, strong winds in first half of August

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor on Thursday urged the media to disseminate up-to-date information. Heng Chivoan

Thousands affected by flooding, strong winds in first half of August

Almost 8,000 families and some 8,000ha of agricultural land in eight provinces have been affected by flooding and strong winds in August, National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy said on Thursday.

Speaking at a press conference at the Council of Ministers, he said the main reasons for the storms were a series of low-pressure systems and the southwest monsoon.

He said people, houses, crops and livestock had been affected in Battambang, Kampong Thom, Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong, Mondulkiri, Preah Sihanouk and Ratanakkiri provinces. Of these, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Ratanakkiri provinces had been hardest hit.

Vy said 7,999 families, 6,898 houses and 5,447 animals had been affected, with flooding of paddy fields and other crops on some 8,000ha. Some 300ha were damaged.

“After the seventh storm faded away, there were three consecutive storms and that’s why wind and rain have affected Cambodia’s coastal provinces and areas near the Vietnamese border. But the weather has improved and floods have receded, so villagers have gone back to their homes,” he said.

Preah Sihanouk provincial administration spokesman Kheang Phearum said that flooding in August had affected 1,736 families and 937 houses in four communes in Sihanoukville, particularly in Prey Nop district.

He said cars, motorbikes, generators and electrical equipment had been damaged. “As of this evening, it’s raining again and now we’re watching to see if there is more flooding,” Phearum said.

At the press conference, Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor urged the media to continue disseminating up-to-date information about the floods. “I would like to ask that this issue not be sensationalised for political purposes.

“There are two types of flooding in Cambodia – one is caused by rainfall, and the other by flooding caused by the Mekong River. But so far the Mekong River has not risen to dangerous levels. The areas that have seen flooding have just experienced more rainfall than they could cope with,” he said.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said flooding and droughts have been happening at the same time in some provinces this year. The solution, he said, was to transfer water from flooded locations to drought-affected areas. He promised that the issue would be discussed with the relevant ministries.

There have been dry spells this year in several northwest provinces and flooding in coastal and Vietnamese border provinces, affecting thousands of hectares of paddy fields.

Last week, three people died due to floods in Preah Sihanouk province while a 15-year-old girl drowned after a ferry sank in Ratanakkiri province.

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.