Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Flood warnings expected for Mekong river

Water levels along the Mekong River are reaching emergency levels, and officials are expected to issue flood warnings in the coming days.

"kratie province will declare a state of emergency because of flooding," The Cambodia Daily on Monday quoted Long Saravuth, deputy director of the Hydrology Department at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, as saying.

Water levels in Kratie province are as high as 22 meters in some places, he said.

The Mekong has reached nine meters in Phnom Penh, one meter short of the flood warning level for the river, and Stung Treng province, with a water level of 10.7 meters, has already issued flood warning, Long Saravuth said. While Kompong Cham province declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

Officials in all provinces along the Mekong have been working hard to prevent flood damage as much as possible by warning people ahead of time, Long Saravuth said.

Some families have already evacuated to higher places, and hundreds of hectares of rice fields have been flooded in some provinces.

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