The Water Resources Ministry yesterday announced that most provinces are going to face flooding again beginning in early June, especially in the central lowland areas.
The announcement came as a warning to residents living in affected areas to be more cautious.
“From June 1 to 8, Cambodia will face low pressure conditions which can be cause heavy rain throughout regions across the country,” the statement said. “The rain will cause flooding, especially in provinces in central lowland areas.”
It added that from May 29 to 31, rain will fall in some areas in the northwest lowlands, southeast central and middle-eastern plains near the Vietnamese border.
“Thunder and lightning storms have affected these areas over the past two weeks. Please be careful and pay more attention to these natural phenomenon in order to avoid accidents,” the statement added.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen appealed to all authorities to brace for incoming floods and prepare to help villagers in their time of need.
He said that this year’s weather forecasts predicted there will be heavy flooding throughout the country.
“Due to weather forecasts, I would like to appeal to all authorities to prepare for flooding,” he said at the time, noting that heavy floods could lead to a need to rescue victims affected by the deluge.
According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report, flooding hit 16 provinces, leading to 17 deaths and the evacuation of 1,734 people last year.
At least 14,341 houses were affected by flooding, with 3,456 hectares of rice crops and 355 hectares of other crops damaged as well.