The Flooding Campaign report and map 2014 have been released! During the campaign, which ran from May to October 2014, Urban Voice received 30 reports about flooding in the Phnom Penh area.
According to the map, it shows that the serious flooded areas in Phnom Penh were in Khan Chamkarmon, Toul Kork and Daun Penh. The serious flood areas were markedly in Kandal Market (Khan Daun Penh, Kampuceha Krom and Depo market Street (Khan Tuol Kork), Maida Street (Khan Sen Sok), and streets in Boeung Trabek, and Sangkat Tumnop Teuk areas (Khan Chamkarmon).
By adding this new data of flooded streets reported to the 2013 data of flooded streets, it is quite clear that flooding remains a strong problem for Phnom Penh’s residents during the rainy season. If we consider the World Wildlife Federation’s assessment that the area of the greater Mekong “is one of the most vulnerable places on Earth to the impacts of climate change” (WWF’s Greater Mekong and Climate Change, 2009), and if we consider that climate change will bring more extreme weather events such as floods and storms, we should be urging for the city of Phnom Penh to be provided with an increasingly strong flooding protection infrastructure.