Flood warning remains for Stung Treng but lifted for Kratie, Kg Cham

Around 300 families have been evacuated in Stung Treng Province due to floods (Photo from Stung Treng Provincial Administration)

Chart for Stung Treng shows floodwaters already above 2000 level and long-term maximum average


PHNOM PENH -- The Mekong River Commission (MRC) maintained its flood warning for Stung Treng Thursday but lifted those for Kratie and Kampong Cham.


The latest five-day forecasts by the MRC’s Regional Flood Management and Mitigation Centre in Phnom Penh showed Mekong waters flooding Stung Treng from Saturday — a day later than previously forecast.


Floodwaters are expected to keep rising on Sunday before stabilising on Monday and Tuesday next week, although still remaining in the flood stage.


The MRC hydrological chart for Stung Treng shows that floodwaters are already above the level in 2000, a record flood year, and the long-term maximum average.


Although flood warnings for Kratie and Kampong Cham were lifted Thursday, alarm warnings are still in place.


Kratie is forecast to reach the alarm stage on Friday and Kampong Cham on Sunday.


Water levels at Koh Kel on the Bassac River in Kandal Province are meanwhile expected to reach the flood stage on Tuesday — two days later than previously forecast.


Mekong waters remained at the flood stage on Thursday in Khong Chiam in Thailand and Pakse in Laos, the MRC said.


A source in Pakse said the southern Lao city was “partly” flooded on Thursday morning.


‘Sudden water increase’

MRC River Flood Forecasting Specialist Khem Sothea said heavy rain over the middle part of the Lower Mekong Basin  between Saturday and Tuesday had caused a “sudden water increase” in the Mekong. 


“Most rivers and other water bodies in the areas are now flooded,” he said.


Stung Treng and Koh Kel are expected to flood with  "continued rainfall over the next few days,” he added.

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