Storm devastates provinces, destroys houses

More than 200 homes in Battambang and Oddar Meanchey provinces were damaged on Wednesday due to a storm. No injuries or casualties were reported. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50709041/storm-devastates-provinces-destroys-houses/

Rice farmers struggle during drought season

For more than four months, people living in some rural areas in the provinces of Pursat and Battambang have been suffering from water shortages. Canals, streams and ponds have dried due to high temperatures during this year’s dry season. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50700262/rice-farmers-struggle-during-drought-season

Heatwave to hit before rainy season: Ministry

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology is expecting temperatures to hit highs in some parts of the country until early May as a health official warns against entailing ailments. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50700020/heatwave-to-hit-before-rainy-season-ministry

NGO calls for climate budget transparency

NGO Forum on Cambodia issued a report on Wednesday which said that from 2000 to 2017, some one million houses were seriously affected by climate change disasters. Yet, government spending on the issue remained relatively limited. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-calls-climate-budget-transparency

NCDM warns of extreme weather, need for action

A National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) report has warned of the danger of extreme weather in Cambodia and a need to take action. The NCDM’s first vice-president, Kun Kim, attributed 95 deaths to 336 rainstorms which hit 22 provinces in 2019. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ncdm-warns-extreme-weather-need-action

Ministry reports damage from droughts and floods

Floods and droughts destroyed some 67,000ha of paddy fields in the Kingdom last year, resulting in minimal declines to yields and land available for cultivation, the Ministry of Agriculture reported on Monday. Ministry spokesman Srey Vuthy joined a government press unit briefing on Monday to ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-reports-damage-droughts-and-floods

Local authorities searching for forest arsonists in Battambang

Specialists from Battambang province’s Forestry Administration, along with Samlot district authorities, are conducting a joint search for arsonists responsible for the recent forest fire in the Dos Kramom mountain area located in Ta Sanh commune. The suspects are presumed to have secretly burned the forest to ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/local-authorities-searching-forest-arsonists-battambang

Authorities stop mountain brush fire from spreading

Battambang provincial authorities on Tuesday doused a brush fire on Doh Kramom Mountain in Samlot district before it went out of control.​ District governor Soeu Sameth said yesterday that the blaze had destroyed about 10 percent of the mountain and the authorities, using four fire trucks, ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50685207/authorities-stop-mountain-brush-fire-from-spreading

Ten million riel reward for forest arsonists

The Siem Reap provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it will offer a 10 million riel ($2,500) reward to those who provide information regarding the suspects responsible for setting ablaze more than 20ha of kranhuong timber forest land in Banteay Srei district. Department ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ten-million-riel-reward-forest-arsonists

Unsustainable sand mining is threatening lives along the Mekong River in Cambodia

Now new research, as part of a project led by University of Southampton, has shown sand mining is causing river beds to lower, leading to riverbank instability and increasing the likelihood of dangerous river bank collapse, damaging infrastructure and housing and putting lives at risk. The ...

University of Southampton
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/01/mekong-river-sand.page

Ministry forecasts ‘favourable’ dry, early rainy season weather

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has issued a weather forecast for this year, which shows that the dry and early rainy season will be more favourable than in previous years due to the influence of El Nino/Southern Oscillation (Enso). On Monday, its minister Lim ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-forecasts-favourable-dry-early-rainy-season-weather

Mongkol Borey reservoir drying due to drought: Ministry

The Water Resource Ministry yesterday warned that the water level at the Mongkol Borey reservoir in Banteay Meanchey province is falling due to drought. In a statement on its Facebook page, the ministry noted that the reservoir only has enough water to supply Mongkol Borey ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50677841/mongkol-borey-reservoir-drying-due-to-drought-ministry

Committee notes sharp rise in storm figures

The National Committee for Disaster Management yesterday said more than 300 storms last year killed eight people, injured more than 100 and destroyed thousands of homes. Keo Vy, an NCDM spokesman, said there were 336 storms, an increase of 68 percent compared with 2018 when there ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50676088/committee-notes-sharp-rise-in-storm-figures

PM urges farmers to diversify crops amid shortage of water

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday called for farmers to diversify beyond rice during the dry season, amid meteorologists’ warnings that a decline in water levels due to drought will adversely impact output and prices. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/pm-urges-farmers-diversify-crops-amid-shortage-water

Canal restoration in Preah Sihanouk set to be done in three months

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said at the start of the restoration of five canals in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday that the work had to be completed in three months to avoid further flooding. A report by the Ministry of Public ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/canal-restoration-preah-sihanouk-set-be-done-three-months

Ministry urges fire safety measures

The Ministry of Environment has told sub-national authorities to urge the public to be mindful when using fire to prevent incidents of wildfires. Wildfires caused by carelessness is punishable with five to 10 years in prison and a fine of 17-150 million riel ($4,250-$37,500). The ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-urges-fire-safety-measures

Five canals to be expanded in Preah Sihanouk province to mitigate against flooding

The Preah Sihanouk provincial authority plans to clear and expand five canals spanning some 26km starting on Monday, to mitigate city flooding which had previously affected areas in their vicinity. Provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun asked the relevant authorities to inform and advise people to demolish ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/five-canals-be-expanded-preah-sihanouk-province-mitigate-against-flooding

Officials pumping water into drought-affected rice fields

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy told The Post on Monday that the drought is taking its toll on more than 10,000ha of rice fields in Battambang and more than 1,000ha in Kampong Cham. He said Prey Veng, Kandal, Takeo, Banteay Meanchey, Tbong Khmum, ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-pumping-water-drought-affected-rice-fields

MRC council approves new strategy to address droughts

Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor said on Tuesday that designing future systems and strategies for the Mekong River Basin is necessary to address the challenges of severe drought that continue to threaten livelihoods and the people’s way of life. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mrc-council-approves-new-strategy-address-droughts

Officials to meet on Mekong crisis as fishing communities suffer

On Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, record low water levels have plunged fishing communities into crisis but with warnings of “severe drought”, there are concerns the situation will get even worse.​ ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/officials-meet-mekong-crisis-fishing-communities-suffer-191125070104119.html

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