Mekong River Floods in Cambodia and Laos (Updated)


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Update: 08 August 2014

Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday 07 August 2014 that the current spate of flooding has resulted in the deaths of 12 people across the country.

Original Report (05 August 2014)

Monsoon rain has pushed levels of the Mekong river higher, resulting in floods in several provinces in Cambodia and Laos.

Cambodia

4,400 families have been evacuated after the flooding along the Mekong river and also in the Tonlé Sap lake and river area.

So far at least 6 provinces have been affected. Most of the families were evacuated from Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Cham and Tbong Khmum. Ratanakiri and Prey Veng have also been affected. Reports say that at least 4 and as many as 8 people have died in the flooding over the last few days.

Of major concern is the collapse of a dam in Prek Prasap district of Kratie province. So far the capital Phnom Penh has remained flood free.

The period between August and October regularly sees parts of Cambodia under water. In fact the latest flooding is almost exactly as predicted. As we reported last week the Cambodia prime minster Hun Sen warned of possible floods along the Mekong river after forecasts suggested that levels would rise dramatically, urging authorities to be ready to evacuate those people living close to the river and to prepare for flood emergencies.

Laos

The flooding has also affected parts of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, in particular Champasak is a province in south western Laos, near the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. One person has died in the floods there. The worst affected area is Soukkhoum district, where over 30 villages are under water. Over 6,000 hectares of rice fields are also flooded.