Ministry of Meteorology issues rain-induced flood warnings

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The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announced that Cambodia is suffering from the effects of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) on northern parts of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

In its latest notice, the ministry said that on September 5, the ITCZ ​​- with a low pressure front – will slide in and cover Cambodia. Thus, from September 5 to 9, Cambodia will receive scattered showers and moderate to heavy rainfall. Thunderstorms are also expected.

The advisory states that areas with high levels of rainfall in mountain and low-lying areas carry high risk of flooding include Preah Vihear, Ratanakkiri, Kampong Thom (Stung Sen), Oddar Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Siem Reap, Pailin, Pursat, parts of Kampong Speu province near the Cardamom and Oral mountains, and Koh Kong. Preah Sihanouk is also at high risk of flooding, especially the stretch of National Highway 4 between Koh Kong and Sihanoukville.

The advisory adds that heavy rains in the Mekong basin are expected to lead to higher water levels in rivers in the region.

The ministry called on all relevant ministries, institutions, local authorities and the public to exercise extra caution.

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