Sihanouk: 27-kilometer natural canal development and rehabilitation project in Sihanoukville that will enhance the beauty through improvement So far, 93.42% of the flood relief has been achieved so far. This is according to the report of the General Department of Wastewater Treatment System of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on February 6.

During a visit to inspect the progress of the restoration of canals, sewage treatment systems and pumping stations in Sihanoukville from February 6 Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said that the purpose of rehabilitating the main natural canals in the province was to prevent flooding. In vulnerable areas in the city. At the same time, the city will build a canal system in a clean and hygienic environment that can attract tourists. National and international as well.

According to Mr. Sun Chanthol, the project was built by the General Department of Wastewater Treatment Systems and BUCG, including Boeung Prek Dam, Emio Pump Station, and Front Pump Station. Provincial Hall and Sihanoukville Wastewater Treatment Station.

When contacted for further clarification on February 7, Mr. Heang Sothearyut, Spokesman and Head of the Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry did not Answered no. However, according to the report of the Ministry of Affairs, it has reached 93.42 percent, but did not specify when it will end.

Kheang Phearum, spokesman for the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration, said on February 7 that in Sihanoukville, there had been floods in the past. Some areas in the lowlands that affect the property and homes of local people.

According to Mr. Phearum, the first cause of the flooding was that some canals were shallow and narrow.

Others were built by people and fences on the canal land, which made the water flow not fast because of some places. Shrink.

As for some other places, they are owned by the people, which used to be lowlands, which can help release a large amount of water. Fill the land for construction due to the growth of development in the province. Another problem related to waste falling into canals is also an obstacle to the smooth flow of water.

“When we rehabilitate the main canals in the province, we see that the water flow system is flowing fast,” Phearum said. When it rains moderately to heavily, we see that the lowlands still have some flooding, but not for long because of the flow. The water was faster and the floodplain was released just as fast. ” He said that the project to develop and restore natural canals in Sihanoukville began on December 9, 2020.

Sreng Vanly, LICADHO's provincial coordinator in Sihanoukville, said that when it rained heavily, the city was flooded due to Streams or canals are narrow and some houses are built on those canals and streams, which makes it difficult to release water quickly. .

"I think the rehabilitation of the canal is good, even if it affects some people who live on it," he said. "Forage in streams and canals, but the provincial administration also provides some land to those who do not have land to live."

However, Van Lee said that in some places, the practice was not fair because there were still violations of streams and canals. Same. For this work, the authorities should restore streams and canals to be equal in accordance with the plan and master plan.