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Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 said the country is facing severe drought while expressing hí hope that China will continue to discharge water to downstream of the Mekong River.

Speaking in southern Prey Veng province, the PM said China has released water two times into the Mekong River and requested the country to continue doing so.

Besides , he called on farmers to save water as this year’s rainy season is forecast to be delayed until mid-July due to the impacts of the El Nino. 

Currently, some ponds, lakes, canals and reservoirs have dried up, he added.

Last month, Director of the Meteorology Department at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology Oum Ryna said almost every province is facing drought at different levels, but only a few provinces were facing a severe shortage of water. 

According to a weekly weather forecast released by the ministry on April 11, the maximum temperatures will be up to 39 degrees Celsius in highland areas and 40 degrees Celsius in plain areas from April 11 to 17.-VNA