Government Releases another Directive on Flood Preparedness

The Royal Government of Cambodia this morning issued an additional directive on continued preparedness measures against the Mekong flood.

In the past week, the Mekong flood has seriously inundated some provinces along upper Mekong River, said the directive signed by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, stressing that even though the water has started receding, the recession was slow.

The water level in Stung Treng province, from the night of Sept. 6 to the morning of Sept. 10, 2019, or during the past four days and a half or 108 hours, dropped by only 0.60 metre, it added.

This slow recession is due to excessive amount of water generated by the previous flood, while rain continues to fall, the directive explained.

The new weather forecast of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology shows that from Sept. 12, a new low pressure would occur, causing medium to heavy rainfall, thus increasing once again the Mekong water level, said the same source, underlining that this year's flooding could be ranked a big one.

The Royal Government therefore advised all concerned ministries, institutions and local authorities to continue paying high attention and to take necessary preparedness measures against possible flooding in the near future, in order to minimise to the maximum the loss to human lives and property.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press