Official: Lao flooding not danger for Cambodia

August 18, 2008 at 1:56 am Leave a comment

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — The current flooding in Laos wouldn’t cause any serious danger for Cambodia, although the two neighboring countries share water from the Mekong River, English-Khmer language newspaper the Cambodia Daily Saturday quoted an official as saying.

“The water (here) hasn’t risen (to those levels in Laos) and there is nothing to be worried about,” said Nhim Vanda, vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management

He had contacted his equivalent department in Laos for information about rising water levels and then became confident that the problems there wouldn’t extend downstream to Cambodia, he said.

Cambodia was well insulated from rising water levels in Laos because of the number of lakes available here for any excess water to drain into, he said.

The Mekong River in Kratie province was around 20 meters high, a normal level for this time of the year and the secondary rivers, lakes and the Tonle Sape River were all at safe levels, he said.

“Even if the water comes strongly, we have a lot of places to store,” he added.

The Mekong River Commission Friday reported that the Mekong River hit its highest level in Laos in 100 years, adding that Cambodia would likely suffer from the after-effects as the flood water moved downstream.

 
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