Disasters

Drought

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

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

Gov’t demands water conservation measures

The government last week issued a circular to relevant ministries and local authorities to observe water conservation measures following a sharp fall in Mekong River water levels – the lowest it has been in 60 years. .. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-demands-water-conservation-measures

MRC warns of drought from now until January

The Mekong River Commission yesterday warned that severe to extreme drought is expected to hit countries in the lower Mekong basin from now until January, putting crop production at risk and causing water shortages. An MRC preliminary analysis noted that Cambodia and Thailand will be ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50661331/mrc-warns-of-drought-from-now-until-january/

Ministry releases crops report

A ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries report said the Kingdom cultivated over 2.3 million hectares of rice during this year’s rainy season, but Minister Veng Sakhon expressed concern over the abnormal weather. The ministry’s report on crop cultivation and agricultural exports was posted on ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-releases-crops-report

Officials: Week without rain will damage paddy fields

Siem Reap and Battambang provincial officials have expressed concerns that another week without rainfall will damage more than 65,000ha of paddy fields. Siem Reap provincial Department of Agriculture director Tea Kimsoth told The Post on Tuesday that 4,800ha of paddy fields in Srei Snam, Kralanh ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-week-without-rain-will-damage-paddy-fields

Seven provinces hit by drought, ministry uses pumps to save crops

Some 39,966ha of paddy fields across seven provinces have been hit by drought, with the Ministry of Water Resources and authorities using pumps to save crops in areas near sources of water. Officials said the drought in these areas could continue for more than another month. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/seven-provinces-hit-drought-ministry-uses-pumps-save-crops

Paddy fields in Battambang rescued from drought

Officials said that the nearly 20,000ha of paddy fields in Battambang’s Sangke district that faced drought have been rescued, with parts of the province receiving some rain recently. Chhim Vichara, the director of the provincial agricultural department, said on Tuesday that although some 18,000ha of ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/paddy-fields-battambang-rescued-drought

WWF, Mondulkiri collaborate on hydro-panel water collection

WWF-Cambodia is collaborating with the Mondulkiri provincial Department of Environment to install “Source” hydro-panels to collect water from the air for use, the director of the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary said on Monday. The technological breakthrough from the Arizona-based Zero Mass Water company aims to produce ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wwf-mondulkiri-collaborate-hydro-panel-water-collection

MRC to upgrade disaster centre

The Mekong River Commission yesterday announced new efforts to address natural disasters in the region, including a decision to upgrade and rename the Regional Flood Management and Mitigation Centre to the Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre. The announcement followed a two-day bi-annual meeting, which ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50598308/mrc-to-upgrade-disaster-centre/

UN, Asean: Drought in region may intensify

Drought in many parts of Southeast Asia may become even more frequent and intense if action is not taken now to build resilience, according to the latest joint study by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) and the Association ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-asean-drought-region-may-intensify

Angkor Wat moat drying ‘could affect foundations’

A historian has raised fears that the drought currently gripping Cambodia could affect the foundations of the Kingdom’s globally renowned Angkor Wat, while the temple complex’s Apsara Authority management has said that, while it was prepared, it was not expecting such a problem. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-wat-moat-drying-could-affect-foundations

Government issues advice amid heatwave

The Ministry of Health has issued advice on avoiding health problems as temperatures continue to rise this hot season, warning some conditions brought risks to life. The announcement comes as the weather heated up across Cambodia, with the dry season predicted to prolong into the ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-issues-advice-amid-heatwave

EDC reduces daytime energy supply to offset shortage

Electricité du Cambodge yesterday issued a statement saying that due to power shortages, it has reduced the supply of electricity in the Kingdom during the day in order to ensure supply at night. In the statement, EDC said it had contacted neighbouring countries in order ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50588110/edc-reduces-daytime-energy-supply-to-offset-shortage/

Dry spell causing power cuts: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday said the country is now facing an electricity shortage of about 400 megawatts, leading to power outages, and appealed to people, especially those in the business sector, to understand that this is because of an ongoing dry spell. Speaking ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50587742/dry-spell-causing-power-cuts-pm-2/

PM orders digging of wells to address water shortages

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered provincial authorities to dig wells for people who are facing shortages of water during the dry season. “Ministry and provincial officials must pay attention to our people,” Mr Hun Sen said during a speech in front of university graduates ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50586168/pm-orders-digging-of-wells-to-address-water-shortages/

Drought a ‘grave concern’

Local communities in rural areas across the Kingdom have expressed grave concerns over the severe lack of water for their daily consumption amid a prolonged drought that has caused streams, creeks, lakes and ponds to gradually dry up. Due to high demand for water to ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drought-grave-concern

Climate change may undermine Kingdom’s mango production

Mango production is expected to decrease this year as climate change severely impacts yields, according to a mango association in Kampong Speu province – the Kingdom’s largest regional producer of the fruit. Kampong Speu Mangoes Association president In Chayvan said the impact of climate change ...

Cheng Sokhorng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/climate-change-may-undermine-kingdoms-mango-production

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