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Flood control ‘lacking’

MRC’s study on the Sesan and Srepok noted “concern” at the lack of information and coordination on flooding forecasting, flood control and flood warnings in the rivers’ basins,

By Yesenia Amaro

Stung Treng, Cambodia, October 4, 2017

Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia and Vietnam currently lack a system to effectively forecast and control flooding in the Sesan and Srepok river basins, both at the national and intergovernmental level, according to a study published by the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

The commission, which monitors the Mekong River’s development, on Saturday published summaries of three recent studies on transboundary water resources management issues.

The study on the Sesan and Srepok noted “concern” at the lack of information and coordination on flooding forecasting, flood control and flood warnings in the rivers’ basins, adding that the concern is “further exacerbated by the uncertain impact of new water development projects and the impacts of climate change”.

Cambodia is routinely listed as one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change.

“Appropriate information, coordination mechanisms, policies and strategies are needed to address flood-related issues, especially to reduce casualties of downstream communities from flash floods,” the study reads.

Cambodia and Vietnam need to cooperate to set up an effective flood forecasting system and exchange sufficient data to enable early flood warnings, as well as their timely dissemination to the community level.

Read more at Phnom Penh Post

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