Preah Vihear on alert after river overflows and pose danger

Preah Vihear authorities are bracing for the worst after the water level of the Stung Sen River rose almost two metres above the danger level and overflowed.

Preah Vihear Provincial Administration director Kem Hoeung told Khmer Times yesterday that the water level is now at 13.3 metres, which is above the danger mark of 11.5 metres.

He said most people living near the river have already moved to higher ground because they are aware of flood risk during the rainy season.

Hoeung said that there has been some flooding in the area but only minor damage to infrastructure such as roads.

However, he said the situation could become serious if the water level in Stung Sen River rises to 14 metres.

“The provincial authorities tomorrow (today) will discuss measures to prevent the floods and to evacuate people in case the situation becomes serious,” said Hoeung.

He noted that the districts of Rovieng, Tbeng Meanchey and Kulen as well as Preah Vihear city will be affected by floods if the water level rose.

Meanwhile, the situation in Banteay Meanchey has eased and authorities are continuing efforts to drain flood water in Mongkul Borei district.

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Soth Kim Kolmony told Khmer Times yesterday that the flooding in Malai and Preah Net Preah districts in Banteay Meanchey province has eased after there was no rain for four days.

However, he said the situation in Poipet city, Serei Saophorn city and Mongkul Borei district is still bad due to the flood waters flowing in from Thailand.

“All the affected families have been evacuated to the safe places. The authorities are still monitoring the water level in the flooded areas,” said Kolmony.

The province had reported on Tuesday that floods had affected Poipet city, Serei Saophorn city, and the districts of Malai, Mongkul Borei, Thmar Puok, and O’ Chrov.

It said 18,715 families were affected and 1,150 families were evacuated to safe places. The displaced were given food and other necessities by the authorities.

In addition, 54 schools, nine pagodas, and two health centres were affected by floods.

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Governor Oum Reatrey said yesterday authorities are continuing to dredge streams in Mongkol Borei district to make them deeper and allow for quicker drainage of flood waters.

He inspected digging operations which used four excavators to deepen the streams in the district’s Russey Krok commune for more water to flow into the Tonle Sap Lake.

“The flood situation in Banteay Meanchey province is no longer serious now. There are still few problems in Mongkul Borei district and Serei Sophorn city as water from higher ground is flowing down onto National Road 5, causing floods in nearby houses. Some people had to be evacuated,” he said.



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