Written by DAP NEWS -- Tuesday, 11 August 2009 02:16
Cambodian authorities on Monday said the fears that the Mekong River would flood are receding as the river’s water level goes down, “The water lever has been going down for a few days,” Sin Niny, Mekong River Cambodian Committee director told DAP News Cambodia. “We can reduce the fears of flooding because levels of rain and storms in Laos and Vietnam decreased.” He said there should be no further risks of flooding until mid-September. The recent floods were not serious, Sin Niny said. “Rice crops and vegetables were not badly damaged,” he added. Last week, both the central Cambodian government and the three provincial authorities—Stung Treng, Kratie, and Kampong Cham —were anxiously working to ensure the waters of the Mekong River did no seriously damage. The threat of flood- ing was due to heavy rains in Laos and Vietnam. The river water levels are now below the alert level, measuring 9.25 meters at Phnom Penh’s Chaktomuk, down from 9.7 meters. “The water level from 10 to 11 is just high level, but it is not the same as the flooding level in 2000,” the premier recently explained. Say Prorleung, director Executive Committee of the Cambodian Red Cross in Stung Treng, told DAP News Cambodia that Cambodians generally had not fled the area. “Safe places, food, settlement, supplies and medicine were been prepared to help them, but this plan was delayed as the water level decreased,” he confirmed. Seam Pang district authority in Stung Treng said 195 families had suffered because of the flood, with 184 hectares of crops damaged.