Current Impacts of Cambodia’s River and Flash Floods
AKP Phnom Penh, August 09, 2018 —
Kampong Cham and Banteay Meanchey are currently the worst hit provinces by river and flash floods in Cambodia, and uncertainty is in the air as low pressure resuming, according to local media reports.
Water in the Mekong River at Kampong Cham province has reached the 15.20 metre alarm level since yesterday’s noon, inundating nine districts and cities and threatening the provincial town.
The Mekong flood is affecting 22,335 families in the province, and 1,899 people and 1,954 cattle of severely impacted 632 families have been evacuated to safe areas.
In Banteay Meanchey, over 400 provincial police forces are being deployed to help harvest flooded rice paddies of the people.
Though there is no household and community being badly hit, the flashflood is stretching across nearly 2,300 hectares of rice paddies – about 490 hectares of them have been destroyed.
Situation of the rest of Cambodia affected by current river and flash floods are getting better – water is receding in provinces including Stung Treng, Kratie and Battambang, and evacuated population has returned home.
The floods have by far killed seven people, three of them are children, in affected provinces.
In local media report, spokesperson at Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology H.E. Chan Yutha updated that happening low pressure is causing rains at parts of Cambodia, especially its coastal provinces and areas along the border with Vietnam.
While calling for extra attention among the fishing community, the spokesperson emphasised that the ministry’s technical team is following up closely the complicated weather condition in the region that might implicate Cambodia.
By Mom Chandara Soleil