Water in Sekong River Exceeding Alarming Level

Water level of Sekong River in Stung Treng province is now around 12 metres, exceeding the 11.50 metre alarming level, according to the province's announcement.

As of yesterday's evening, the rising water level flooded some areas of Siem Pang district along the Sekong River, and competent local authorities are now evacuating affected population and dispatching reliefs to them particularly those in commune of Thmar Keo, Santepheap, Sre Sambo, and more.

According to H.E. Mam Saroeun, Stung Treng provincial Governor, about 5,000 residents or more than 1,000 families in four communes of Siem Pang district are being affected, however no loss of human life has been reported by far.

Happening flashflood incident follows recent heavy-rains caused collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Dam � about 70 kilometres from Cambodia-Laos border � sitting in Attapeu province of the Cambodia's neighbour since July 23.

As notified by the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the floodwater from Se Kong will contribute to rising water levels further downstream, including the Mekong River, in Stung Treng and Kratie provinces in a few days.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press