Floods

Heavy Floods Threaten Thousands of Siem Reap Families

More than 5,870 families living in eight Siem Reap districts have been told to remain vigilant as flooding from rapidly rising water levels threatens their homes and livelihoods
Students leave flooded areas in Siem Reap province, September 22, 2022. Kiripost via Siem Reap Provincial Administration
Students leave flooded areas in Siem Reap province, September 22, 2022. Kiripost via Siem Reap Provincial Administration

A total of 5,872 families in eight districts of Siem Reap province face flooding due to heavy rains, while Oddor Meanchey province is preparing people to be vigilant as of September 22.

According to a report by the Provincial Disaster Management Committee, eight districts in Siem Reap face floods. This impacts 5,872 households, 184 villages, and 41 communes, and will affect a total of 19,191 hectares of rice, along with other infrastructure.

The eight districts are Angkor Chom, Srei Snam, Puok, Sonikum, BaKong, Varin, Kralanh, and Chi Kraeng. Each district’s authorities are ready to provide timely information regarding the risk of flooding, officials said.

Angkor Chum district authorities are taking steps to monitor the response and diversion of waterways, as well as to avoid possible accidents. Chi Kraeng district authorities are paying close attention to informing people to be prepared to protect the property of animals, small children, and crops, they said.

Police officers move a motorbike from flooded area in Siem Reap, September 22, 2022. Kiripost via Siem Reap Provincial Administration
Police officers move a motorbike from flooded area in Siem Reap, September 22, 2022. Kiripost via Siem Reap Provincial Administration

The water situation in this district causes strong water flow from Preah Vihear province if the rain continues to fall, making it worse. The water level is higher and causes more flooding, authorities said.

Dy Rado, Uddor Meanchey deputy governor, said as of September 22, the situation in the province was normal but authorities remain alert to the potential of flooding. He added that water levels in each basin have not yet reached the declared level. For example, Ta Mok Reservoir’s warning level sits at 3.80 meters but has already reached 3.65 meters.

“Meanwhile, authorities have warned the people who are next to or near the waterfront to be careful of children. Today, the water level has begun to recede gradually and if there is no more rain it will go away soon,” Rado said.

The Siem Reap Provincial Department of Public Work and Transport yesterday issued a notice to suspend some trucks and heavy vehicles from the province to avoid road and water damage.