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.