Water levels ‘alarming’ across three provinces

Flood waters cover agricultural fields in the Kingdom’s north yesterday after heavy rains hit the area. Photo supplied

Khouth Sophak Chakrya, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 23 September 2016

Three Cambodian provinces are currently facing “alarming” high water levels and flooding, prompting officials to urge residents to remain cautious as forecasts of continued rain indicate the flooding may only get worse.

Oddar Meanchey provincial authorities yesterday warned those living along the Ta Mok reservoir in Anlong Veng district to take precautions.

Khin Nhean, director of the Oddar Meanchey provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology, said the water level at the reservoir rose to 3.2 metres – above the warning point of about 2.9 metres.

According to the weather forecast, the rain will continue through Sunday, he added.

“The rain on the higher grounds will flood Ta Mok Dam dramatically,” he said. “It can cause the houses on the lower part to get flooded.” Chea Piseth, Oddar Meanchey provincial spokesman, said officials have closed the Ta Mok reservoir bridge until the water recedes.

Yu La, director of the Kampong Thom provincial department of water resources and meteorology, said the level of the Stung Sen River had climbed to 30.08 metres and, if it rises by another 0.42 metres, would reach “an alarming point”.

National Road 7 was also damaged because of flooding.

Long Sarin, Tbong Khmum deputy district governor, said several facilities in Tbong Khmum province have been flooded, such as the Chup Healthcare Centre, Chup Market and Chup Primary School.

Posted on: September 22, 2016 9:17 pm

Anlong Veng flooding not a bad thing: gov’t

Villagers in Oddar Meanchey’s Anlong Veng district swim through floodwaters near their homes after heavy rains this week. Photo supplied

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
The Phnom Penh Post, Tue, 30 August 2016

At least seven homes and about 10-20 hectares of farmland were nearly completely submerged by flooding after a torrential rainstorm early yesterday morning, according to authorities in Oddar Meanchey’s Anlong Veng commune.

Vong Pheak, Anlong Veng commune chief, said the flood came after heavy rains that lasted from about 1am to 3am.

Pheak said some crops planted in the lowland area were at risk of destruction, but confirmed no one was hurt in the downpour and that damage to the homes was minimal.

“If there is no more rain, the water will recede quickly and the crops will not be severely damaged,” he said.

Pheak also said water levels had already receded enough for the displaced villagers to return home.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that despite the potential damage to local crops, the rain was welcome. He said that 650 hectares of rice farms in Anlong Veng, Chongkal and Somroang communes were desperate for water following a recent drought.

“We are not worried about the flooding, because we needed water for the rice fields”, Vy said yesterday.

He added that Oddar Meanchey is located on highlands in northwestern Cambodia and generally not at risk of flooding like provinces in the central lowland areas.

“What we are worrying about right now is the lack of water for crops, because some areas are still suffering from the drought,” Vy said.

Posted on: August 29, 2016 8:58 pm