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Water Festival security tightened

Water Festival security tightened

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Extra personnel will be brought in to monitor busy areas during the three-day celebration

Photo by: VANDY RATTANA

Workers prepare floats for this year's Water Festival, or Om Tuk, celebrations. 

THE government will boost security in the capital in the lead-up to next month's Water Festival, Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema said.

Authorities will also prevent vendors from doing business in the parks lining

the river, where tens of thousands of people are expected to gather for the biggest party on Phnom Penh's social calendar.

"Local authorities must manage any disorder along the riverside from now on," Kep Chuktema told municipal officials earlier this week, adding that food and drinks sellers must be cleared to keep riverside areas "beautiful for the eyes of the people".

In a directive dated September 30, Kong Sam Ol, director of the National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals, called on all relevant authorities to join hands.

"The Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence and Municipality of Phnom Penh

must cooperate with each other to keep public order before and after the festival in order to provide people with safety and enjoyment," he said.  

Security preparations will include military forces, City Hall said.

Police at the ready

Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Touch Naruth said by phone Tuesday that his police forces are ready to be deployed for the festival's security.

"Thousands of municipal policemen, military policemen and policemen from the Ministry of Interior are ready to act as security for the people who come to Phnom Penh for the Water Festival," he said.

As many as two million visitors are expected in Phnom Penh during the festival.

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