Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Unseasonable rains bring floods

Unseasonable rains bring floods

A motorbike rider travels through the capital in heavy rain in April last year.
A motorbike rider travels through the capital in heavy rain in April last year. Heng Chivoan

Unseasonable rains bring floods

Unseasonable weather has wreaked havoc this week, bringing floods to Sihanoukville and Poipet and leaving one dead from a lightning strike in Koh Kong province, officials confirmed yesterday.

Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel district police chief, Mar Ty, said that on Monday afternoon 49-year-old Sing Hoeun, of Kampong Sdam village, was fishing on a boat one kilometre offshore when he was struck by lightning, the third such death so far this year.

Meanwhile, the director of Preah Sihanouk’s provincial information office, Or Saroeun, said that roads and homes in Sihanoukville’s Commune 1 were flooded after a five-hour downpour.

“This flooding is caused from the drainage system in that area being blocked by the waste and mud, however now provincial and local authorities have made an effort to resolve it,” he said.

Separately, Poipet town Governor San Sean Ho said that the unexpected rains have also highlighted drainage-related issues.

“When the rain comes, some roads and homes of the people in the lowland area flooded because of the blocked drainage system,” he said, noting that authorities paid for a water pump to relieve the affected areas.

Mao Hak, spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, attributed the turbulent weather to global climate change.

“Everything is changing because of climate change,” he said.

According to Hak, more rain is expected early next month and a cold snap will continue through the weekend at least.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42