Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities are inspecting the canal system in Sihanoukville's commune IV and other drainage systems in the coastal town in the wake of recent severe flooding, which claimed one life and affected many residents.
In a notice on August 28, the provincial administration said governor Kuoch Chamroeun had pushed a technical team to make more efforts in clearing the canals according to urban planning to avoid torrential rain-induced floods.
“The provincial governor also called on residents to cooperate with authorities by disposing of their waste properly and avoid throwing rubbish into the canal,” it said.
On the evening of August 24 from 5-8pm, there was moderate to heavy rain in Sihanoukville, with rainfall steadily rising to a total of 285.81mm, which caused flooding in low-lying areas and eventually overtopping the main canals in Sihanoukville after 10pm.
Following the flood, rubbish was seen strewn on the streets in commune IV, but they were cleaned by a joint force from the provincial tourism department, waste collection company, town officials and eight volunteer youth groups.
“This is a good role model in cleaning up the environment and beautifying the town to attract local and international tourists,” the provincial hall said.