Cambodia forecast for heavy rains, floods

The Phnom Penh Post

This year’s rainy season could see some provinces in the Mekong River Basin catchment area and the central lowlands along the rivers vulnerable to floods, according to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology’s first annual Mekong River flood forecast.

The forecast was announced earlier this week after a group of meteorologists and hydrologists determined that Cambodia was affected by weather that was 10 per cent El Nino (hot), 30 per cent La Nina (cold), and 60 per cent Neutral.

It said these conditions would cause heavy rainfall across the country.

The Mekong, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers’ water levels are now higher than or close to the average of many years ago.

“Referring to the current Mekong River’s situation, weather factor and analysis on the relation between minimum and maximum water levels … in 2021, the water level may reach 9.30m, which is considered a medium flood,” water resources minister Lim Kean Hor said.

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