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