More Rain, Widespread Flooding Expected in a Week

A low-pressure system over Burma will bring heavy rain and widespread flooding to Cambodia in a week’s time, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on Monday.

Monsoon rains have plagued Burma for the past week, leaving large swaths of the country under water and affecting more than 150,000 people, according to the U.N.

“Because of the effect of a low-pressure system that has been moving over the Mekong River in Burma, Thailand and Laos, there has been an increase in rainfall, raising the levels of the Cambodian Mekong River, Bassac River, Tonle Sap river, and water in the Tonle Sap lake,” the ministry’s statement said.

“Local authorities and citizens who live on the bank of the river, especially the Cambodian Mekong River in Stung Treng, Kratie and Kompong Cham [provinces], please take measures to harvest in time and pay attention in order to avoid any danger,” it continued.

On Sunday, City Hall announced that a rainstorm over Phnom Penh on Saturday evening resulted in the capital’s highest rainfall on record: 103 mm.

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