Disasters and emergency response

Eight workers lost in deluge at dam site

Eight workers at the Stung Tatay hydro project, in Koh Kong province, are presumed dead after being swept away by floodwaters on Sunday. Seven of the men drowned while trying to rescue a colleague who had fainted after floodwaters swept over a bridge, stranding him at ...


Floods show Laos needs early warning

Heavy flooding during the rainy season, affecting 10 out of 17 provinces in Laos, has underlined the need for stronger disaster-management efforts, experts say. Tropical storm Haima struck central and northern parts of the country on June 24, with Nock-10 hitting central and southern areas on ...


Xayaburi dam may cause earthquakes: Vietnamese report

The Xayaburi dam project in Northern Laos might increase the probability of earthquakes in a region already prone to seismic activity, according to a recently translated report from Vietnam. The 1260-megawatt project sits about 100 kilometres south of the Lai Chau-Dien fault line. Construction activity on the ...


Cambodia ranked ninth most at risk for disasters

Cambodia was ranked the ninth most at risk country of being exposed to natural disasters out of 173 countries surveyed in a new report by the UN University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security A UNDP report released in August supported the World Risk report’s findings ...

Huge swaths of flooded forest protected by decree

Almost  650,000 hectares of ecologically-rich flooded forest surrounding the Tonle Sap lake has been protected by a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday. The 647,406 hectare area spans sections of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Kampong Thom provinces. ...


Hun Sen Establishes Protected Zone for Tonle Sap Floodplains

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday signed off on a sub-decree that officially created a 640,000-hectare protected zone covering the flooded forest and floodplains of Tonle Sap lake. The sub-decree determined that 647,406 hectares of flooded forest around Tonle Sap lake in Kompong Chhnang, Pursat, ...

Rainfall relieves drought for Battambang farmers

Cambodia has met 82 percent of its expected 250,000 hectares of cultivated rice after rains have relieved the drought struck province of Battambang. 400 hectares is all that remains still at risk, a small section of the 10,000 rice growing hectares in the province.  According ...


Battambang districts facing drought

Four districts and over a thousand families are facing a drought in Battambang province. More rain is needed as approximately 70 percent of the province’s 250,000 hectares of rice paddies have been planted. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries chief of the rice department Ngin ...


Crops in Peril Amid Provinces’ Ongoing Drought

Rice growing provinces such as Battambang, Kandal and Takeo are suffering a drought as monsoon rains have not affected the areas. Harvests are expected to fail or fall short of expectations if rain does not fall on the farmland within the next few weeks. 2,000 ...

US Cables Say Sesan River Had No Warning System for Floods

WikiLeaks has recently released US diplomatic cables that show that the there was no warning system along the Sesan river in Ratanakkiri province for floods in 2007. There have been many complaints by the communities along the river of the floods caused by dams along ...

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