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PM Inspects Flood Prevention System in Phnom Penh and Satellite Areas

Phnom Penh, June 14, 2024 - Prime Minister Hun Manet conducted an extensive inspection of the drainage and flood diversion systems in Phnom Penh and surrounding satellite areas, including Kampong Speu, Phnom Penh, and Kandal provinces, today.

During the inspection, Prime Minister Manet closely examined the progress of several key components of the flood prevention project. These included the construction of a sluice gate and the restoration of 51 kilometers of the Stung Toch river, stretching from Stung Prek Tnaot in Roleang Chak commune, Kampong Speu province, to Kandal Steung district, Kandal province. Additionally, the Prime Minister inspected the construction of the Sak Sampov pumping station in Phnom Penh, featuring dimensions of 8 meters in height and 27 meters in width, equipped with 6 pumps. Furthermore, he assessed the rehabilitation of a 7.2-kilometer canal as part of the Stung Prek Tnaot Irrigation and Flood Protection Project in Kandal Province.

Expressing gratitude during the inspection, Prime Minister Manet commended the involvement of relevant ministries and authorities in ensuring the success of the project. He also extended appreciation to the workers involved, emphasizing the significance of the project's objectives.

"Our efforts in developing water release and irrigation systems guarantee water supply for our people throughout all seasons, covering tens of thousands of hectares, approximately 500,000 hectares, available for cultivation," stated Prime Minister Manet.

The flood relief project, encompassing both the capital and its surrounding areas, incurred a cost exceeding 400 million US dollars.

The comprehensive drainage and diversion system project in Phnom Penh and its satellite areas is being executed in three stages. The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology is currently overseeing the implementation of the first and second phases, initiated in December 2023 and slated for completion by the end of August 2024. Key activities include river restoration and the rehabilitation of 10 canals spanning approximately 260 kilometers.

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