Kingdom counts 18 dead from Mekong floods

At least 18 people in the Kingdom have died and more than 40,000 families impacted by the Mekong River flooding this season, National Committee for Natural Disaster spokesman Keo Vy, told The Post on Monday. He said floodwaters in the five riverside provinces of Tbong ...

Voun Dara

Number of flood deaths rises to 18

The Ministry of Water Resources and Metereology said yesterday that flooding of the Mekong, Sekong and Sesan rivers was caused by tropical storm Bebinca and that the death toll from floods in some provinces have risen to 18. ...

Sen David

Water levels rising in two provinces

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday announced that the provinces of Battambang and Ratanakkiri are facing floods following a rise of water levels in the Sesan river. Nhem Samoeun, Ratanakkiri provincial spokesman, said that the floods have affected Veun Sai, Andoung Meas and ...

Sen David

Authorities evacuate villagers

Authorities yesterday began evacuating villagers affected by floods along the Sesan river in Ratanakkiri province, the Ministry of Water Resource and Meteorology said. The ministry also asked villagers along the river to continue to take precautions following a rise in water levels. ...

Pech Sotheary

Officials deny hiring indigenous villagers to clear state forests

Ratanakkiri provincial authorities yesterday denied accusations by a group of villagers that the authority of O’Yadav and Andong Meas districts hired ethnic minority villagers to cut the forest along the Cambodia-Vietnam border. ...

Pav Suy

Officials deny timber sent to Vietnam via Sesan

Ratanakkiri Military Police officials yesterday denied multiple local media reports that thousands of logs of luxury timber were being transported on the Sesan River to be sent to Vietnam illegally. ...

Phak Seangly

Villagers complain about dam deal

Several families affected by the construction of the Lower Sesan II dam yesterday renewed their calls for the government to demarcate boundaries so they can stay on their “ancestral land,” while others who chose to relocate painted a grim picture of squalid conditions in their ...

Pech Sotheary

Forests being cleared: report

Ten trucks fully loaded with timber have been spotted entering a heavily guarded sawmill near the Lower Sesan II dam on an hourly basis, claimed a report by the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force (CHRTF), which was released yesterday. According to the report, photos taken from ...

May Titthara

Cambodian villagers threaten renewed protests against dam developer

Hundreds of indigenous villagers on Monday threatened to continue protests against the developer of a controversial hydropower dam in Cambodia if it does not halt construction of the project, which they say will negatively affect their cultural traditions and livelihoods. ...

Prach Chev

In Stung Treng, forests fall before they’re washed away

On the Sesan and Srepok rivers in the northeast, boats of all shapes and sizes lug timber back and forth between the banks. Men wait on craggy land alongside the water with jerry-rigged winches and homemade vehicles to drag precious cargo up steep inclines. Fallen ...

Matt Blomberg

A ride worth the weight

North of the Sesan River, in protected forests that stretch to the border with Laos and Vietnam, illegal timber traders describe a network of bribery that leaves them counting their riels, despite the multimillion-dollar nature of the industry. In contrast to the large flat-bed trucks owned ...

May Titthara

Cambodia’s parliament OKs dam compensation plan

Cambodia’s energy minister allayed concerns in parliament over inadequate compensation offered to villagers who face relocation for a proposed China-backed dam on a Mekong River tributary, saying the government has allocated to villagers more than four times the area taken over for the project. Minister of ...

Joshua Lipes

Good ties boost Chinese investments in Cambodia -- PM

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that the country’s good relations and cooperation with China have encouraged more and more Chinese investors to Cambodia. The premier made the remarks during a meeting with Zhang Tingke, visiting vice-president of a leading Chinese power company Huaneng Group, ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Villagers allege illicit mining by Chinese, Vietnamese firms

More than 600 families of ethnic Tumpuon villagers from Taveng district on Monday filed complaints with Ratanakkiri authorities and rights group Adhoc seeking a halt to illegal mining of gold by two companies. ...

Phak Seangly

Cambodian dam feeding false hopes

RATANAKIRI PROVINCE, Cambodia – “I prefer the dam to the fish,” says middle-aged farmer Ton Noun, when asked his opinion on a proposed 400 megawatt dam on the Sesan river near his home in northeastern Cambodia. Then he chuckles and asks, “What fish?” That’s because ...

Michelle Tolson

Mystery Surrounds Ratanakkiri’s First Special Economic Zone

Construction of a special economic zone (SEZ) near the Vietnamese border in Ratanakkiri province’s eastern O’Yad­aw district is on track, but who exactly will avail of the facility and its services remains a mystery—even for senior provincial officials. The latest announced venture of agro-industry land concession ...

International Donors Call for Redesign of Sesan 2 Hydro Dam

International donors, including the U.S., Australia, the European Union and the World Bank, have urged the Cambo­dian government to redesign a massive hydropower project in Stung Treng province that environmentalists say will deplete fisheries and submit it to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) for consultation. In ...

Lao Dams, Mining Ruining Sekong Water Quality in Cambodia

Dam-building and gold mining in southern Laos are ruining water quality downstream on the Sekong River in Cambodia, where villagers are no longer able to drink or use the water, according to an environmental group. The activities undertaken by Lao and Vietnamese companies on the Sekong’s ...

Mekong Communities Tell of Hardship From Hydropower Dams

About 200 people from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia affected by hydropower dam projects on the Mekong River and its tributaries gathered in Phnom Penh yesterday to share their experiences of how their lives have been adversely affected since the dams were constructed. Speaking at the ...

Cambodian greens see red in upcoming dams

For Meach Mean, a veteran campaigner against hydropower dams in Cambodia’s northeast, this year has brought a double dose of bad news. First, he says, two Chinese hydropower companies have begun feasibility studies into a pair of dams planned for tributaries of the Mekong River ...

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