In Koh Kong (Source: khmertimeskh.com)

 

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen urged authorities to have water pipes connected from Thailand’s Trat province to supply water to Koh Kong province as the southern Cambodian locality is facing drought.

Speaking to about 13,000 garment workers in Koh Kong, Hun Sen expressed his concern that the province faces a serious shortage of water, adding that Thai officials agreed with his suggestion.

The Phnom Penh Post reported that residents in Khmarak Phoumin city, Koh Kong province have spent a great deal on clean water from Thailand for daily use during the dry season from March – May.

The Cambodian Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology forecast that this year’s dry season will last till late May with temperatures as high as 42 Celsius degrees.

The ministry’s spokesperson said the provinces of Battambang, Koh Kong, Prey Veng, Kampong Thom, Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear are likely to be hard hit by drought.

In 2016, Cambodia suffered a severe drought across the country. Its government launched campaigns to pump and transport water to many localities.-VNA