Following an unprecedented rainfall on July 3, Phnom Penh experienced water levels of 153cm, the highest in three years, causing flooding in five districts. This was reported by the Phnom Penh municipal administration and the Department of Public Works and Transport on social media.

The torrential rains were described as making the drainage systems “unbearable,” with the authorities asking for residents’ understanding.

“The rainwater of the evening of July 3 had reached 153cm, an unprecedented level in three years. The downpour had flooded some areas in five districts including Sen Sok, Meanchey, Chroy Changvar, Tuol Kork, and Por Sen Chey,” the social media post read.

In response, the Phnom Penh municipal administration asked residents to clear debris clogging the drainage systems near their homes. Khuong Sreng, the Phnom Penh municipal governor, personally led a clean-up operation on the main streets of Phnom Penh on July 4.

A resident of Russey Keo district, Thy Sovan, voiced her concern about the annual torrential rains that flood both major and minor streets in Phnom Penh. She urged local authorities to take more effective measures, while also asking people to stay alert during flooding.

On July 4, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology issued a forecast for moderate rainfall and thunderstorms throughout the week due to low-pressure systems and the southwestern monsoon.

The ministry warned that temperature variations in the central lowlands, highlands, and coastal areas could result in weak-to-moderate rain and thunderstorms. The ministry asked the public to remain alert to potential issues.