Hot weather, dry season looms as agriculture ministry calls for more climate-resilient crops

The temperature in Cambodia is expected to rise starting February to early May, with highs of 41 degrees Celsius, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said, urging the public, especially those in rural areas, to use water sparingly. ...

Seoung Nimol

Urgent flood warnings issued for three provinces

The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) has called on the residents of Kratie, Stung Treng and Kampong Thom provinces to be on high alert as the threat of imminent flooding rises. ...

Bor Pich Zelin and Kim Yutharo

Drought conditions​ expected across the country

Cambodia may face drought conditions across the country due to below-average annual rainfall caused by El Nino. ...

Tith Kongnov

FAO says imminent return of El Niño to bring dry weather to ASEAN

The El Niño oceanographic phenomenon is forecast to return in June, resulting in dry weather across Southeast Asia, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says. ...

Khmer Times Staff

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

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

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

Up to 26 storms forecast for rainy season, five or six to overflow Mekong

A Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology spokesman said on Tuesday that there will be up to 26 storms this rainy season, but of those, only five or six will cause the Mekong river to overflow or result in general flooding. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Government warns floods imminent

The Ministry of Health has instructed people to brace themselves for imminent floods after the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology forecast a full week of medium to heavy rainfall, which it attributed to climate change. ...

Long Kimmarita

Minsitry calls for more vigilance during storms

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology called on Wednesday for increased vigilance as Cambodia continues to be in a trough of low atmospheric pressure while facing high pressure from Thailand, leading to dry season rains, sudden strong winds and lightning strikes. The ministry’s notice ...

Long Kimmarita

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

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

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

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

Ministry issues guidelines to deal with hot weather

The Health Ministry yesterday issued guidelines on how people can prevent illnesses during extremely hot weather caused by the El Nino phenomenon. Ly Sovann, Communicable Disease Control Department director, yesterday said that people should drink boiled water regularly and avoid drinking too much alcohol or ...

Pech Sotheary

Water Ministry to implement two mega projects

The Water Resources Ministry and the Asian Development Bank in Cambodia will implement two mega projects totalling $380 million to improve water management in the Kingdom this year. According to a ministry statement, ADB Cambodia’s country director Sunniya Durrani-Jama met Water Resources Minister Lim Kean ...

Pech Sotheary

El Nino fire warning issued

The Ministry of Environment issued a statement on Monday on preventing forest fires in natural protected areas and biodiversity conservation corridors. The statement, which cited a government directive on water preservation from last Thursday, said Cambodian weather is set to be heavily influenced by the ...

Voun Dara

Soggy forecast for rice farmers

Extreme weather attributed to the tail-end of an El Niño event continues to wreak havoc on the nation’s agricultural sector, with more than 20,000 hectares of rice fields damaged so far this year, a government agricultural expert said yesterday. ...

Cheng Sokhorng

Household income falls, debt rises sharply after drought

The economic stability of Cambodian households took a beating during the El Nino weather cycle that enveloped the region during the last dry season, resulting in drought conditions that drove many families into debt and lower income brackets, a new study has found. The study, released ...

Janelle Retka

Battambang rice-farming families fear floods

About 40,000 Battambang rice-farming families already suffering steep losses from a severe drought are at risk of seeing their crops wiped out entirely by devastating floods as late seasonal rains start to kick in. A drought that meteorologists have blamed on the tail-end of an ...

Cheng Sokhorng

Desperate times for Cambodia's farmers

The first rainfall this year did not arrive until early June to Pursat, a province located in the northwest of the country, where land looked bare and thirsty at the height of the planting season. The devastating drought, which the government has described as the ...

Ana Salvá

Warning after spike in dengue fever cases

The number of dengue fever cases reported during the first 21 weeks of 2016 was double the same period last year and is expected to continue to rise in the coming months.   ...

Bun Sengkong and Yesenia Amaro

Drought prompts calls for fish farms, imports

The prolonged drought is raising fears that domestic fish supplies will be so depleted that the Kingdom may need to start importing fish to compensate for a shortfall at markets, officials said. ...

Chea Vannak

Rice exports up, but cash shortage hitting

Rice exports for the first quarter of the year jumped 8.5 percent to 162,220 tons from 149,464 tons for the same period last year, but in March the figure dropped 14.5 percent, or 9,592 tons, to 66,275 tons in the face of competition from Thailand, ...

Sok Chan

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