Dirt was being piled along roads southwest of Phnom Penh Wednesday as floods continued to affect homes and fields in Meanchey district’s Boeng Trabek and Boeng Tompun communes.
Some residents in Boeng Tompun evacuated Tuesday night, leaving most of their possessions behind, after warnings that the Tompun Lake dike could break.
Y Ky Heang, secretary of state for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, said the flooding wouldn’t creep any closer to downtown Phnom Penh. He said floodwaters from Kompong Speu province had spread into Meanchey district, but the Kompong Speu flood levels had dropped nearly 1 meter.
The ministry forecasts light rain for the rest of the week, but no deluges like last week are expected. If there is no heavy rain, the Meanchey district flooding would last only two to three more days, Y Ky Heang said.
Chhin Chanpor, municipal military police commander, said he had sent 450 military police and more than 50 boats to the area to help victims.
A little further west, on National Route 3, Phnom Penh Governor Chea Sophara joined soldiers and others cooking rice for people displaced by the flood.
Chea Sophara said they had 40 huge pots along the road, with each pot filled with enough rice to feed 40 people. He said speed boats were being used to deliver rice and eggs to stranded people.
who had decided to stay in their homes.