Date: 2021-09-14 23:23:39
The threat of flash floods continues due to unabated rainfall through the rest of the week. Water levels in Preah Vihear, Banteay Meanchey and Kampong Chhnang provinces are rising but fall just short of alarm.
The Water Resources Ministry’s Meteorology Department director Oum Rina told Khmer Times yesterday that rain will continue for one more week, so people living along rivers and streams need to be extra careful about landslides as the water level and velocity of rivers increase, which may cause riverbanks to collapse.
The ministry yesterday issued a weather warning from today to September 21.
Cambodia is affected by the protracted ITCZ low pressure system that stretches across Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
From September 17 to 21, the Kingdom will be affected by a low-pressure system moving in from India and a weak southwest monsoon.
The ministry said this will cause Cambodia to receive light to moderate rainfall which requires people to be aware of natural phenomena that may occur.
Kampong Chhnang provincial department of Water Resources director Dok Bunthon told Khmer Times yesterday that water levels have not receded but are steadily rising.
He said: “If the rain continues for another week, we are ready to open the waterway and prepare some equipment such as bags, rocks and sand for blocking the flood which can flow into the villages. Nevertheless, National Road 5 will be flooded.”
In the Anlong Chrey basin, Chrey Bak River has risen due to the recent rains which have covered eight districts.
Preah Vihear provincial department of Water Resources director Hem Koy said: “The water levels in the province have risen to 10.8 metres and the likelihood of flash floods has not decreased yet but rather it has gradually increased with minor flash floods in five districts.”
“We are concerned about possible flash floods in the coming weeks, as the ministry has already announced that the rains will continue for another week, but even so, flash floods are more likely to occur sooner, than recede later soon,” Koy added.
Banteay Meanchey provincial department of Water Resources deputy director Lay Sothy said that after receiving the notification about rain for another week, he and his officials monitor the water levels in lower areas every day.
He said that water levels in the province are increasing slightly day by day.