Land Rights NGO Says All Phnom Penh Lakes Fully Or Partially Filled

The Cambodian capital routinely faces flooding during the monsoon season, and evictions linked to filling of lakes has led to thousands of families being affected.

Urban land rights NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut released a report on Friday highlighting the state of lakes in Phnom Penh, saying not a single water body was intact, with 60 percent of lakes completely filled in for development projects.

The NGO, which highlights urban land rights violations, released a report, titled “The Last Lakes,” accounting for all major water bodies around the capital, excluding the rivers. The report shows that 40 percent of Phnom Penh’s wetlands have been filled in, causing serious concerns over flooding.

“Should the situation continue as expected, the city and surrounding areas may suffer the consequences of severe flooding, loss of fish species, loss of natural wastewater treatment processes, and loss of local livelihoods,” the report reads.

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