Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Three days of water left’



‘Three days of water left’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology warned that farmers in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district may only have enough water for the next three days. Photo supplied

‘Three days of water left’

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology warned on Thursday that farmers in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district may only have enough water for the next three days.

Its spokesman Chan Yutha said rice growers in the district had attempted to cultivate grains on nearly 80,000ha – far exceeding the 7,000ha allotted – in an attempt to yield 10 harvests during the dry season.

Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries chief Seang Vanseth told The Post on Thursday that authorities had planned to cultivate rice on just 22,000ha across Banteay Meanchey province since the dry season began in late November.

“Although the Mongkol Borei River is rapidly drying, residents’ rice crops remain undamaged due to the water shortage. Meanwhile, farmers collected some 40 per cent of yields in the dry season rice as of Wednesday,” Vanseth said.

As a result, more than 7,000 families in Mongkol Borei district are facing severe water shortages amid forecasts of an extended drought.

A ministry working group inspected the site on Wednesday to check water levels, help pump water from other districts and install a pumping station to channel water from the Sisophon River to alleviate the water shortage.

Vanseth said: “Based on our [inspection], the Mongkol Borei River can only supply water for another three days. We are pumping water for personal use. It is not being supplied to cultivate rice during the dry season.

“I urge the public not to grow rice during the dry season and use water sustainably. The dry season is expected to last a long time.”

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy told The Post on Thursday that 35,000ha of dry season rice paddies in 11 provinces, including Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Tbong Khmum, Kratie, Kampot and Takeo are facing a drought.

He said specialists from the agriculture sector were cooperating with ministry specialists to pump water in affected areas to steadily save crops.

Mongkol Borei district governor Roth Da Sinong said that more than 7,000 families in the district face difficulties, with those seriously affected by the water shortage being cared for at the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Hospital.

“The most pressing challenge in future is the lack of clean water. This problem not only threatens more than 7,000 people but also the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Hospital which treats hundreds of patients daily,” Da Sinong said.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Courts’ decisions now published as reference source

    The Ministry of Justice has published 44 verdicts from civil litigation cases which can be used as models for court precedents and for study by the public and those who work in pertinent fields. Publication of the verdicts on December 31 came as the result of joint

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • China firm to develop Mondulkiri airport

    Tourism to the Kingdom’s northeast corridor could experience a remarkable metamorphosis after the government decided in principle of a Chinese company to study and develop a proposal to build a regional-level airport in Mondulkiri province, according to industry insiders. The Council of Ministers said