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Officials Warn of Late-Season Floods

Heavy rains in three Cambodian provinces could lead to flooding later this year, officials warn.

Raining in Battambang, Kampot and Siem Reap provinces has led to increased runoff into the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a disaster control official said Monday.

While China, India and other countries have already seen flooding, Cambodians don't have to worry about it now, said Nhim Vanda, first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management.

"We think that in October or November we might have some flooding, but we have made preparations along with Prime Minister Hun Sen's recommendations," he said. "We have gone down and spread the news in the provinces around the Tonle Sap, and especially those provinces along the Mekong River."

Cambodia has very few flood-control mechanisms, so rising rivers and swamped floodplains can lead to the displacement of large populations.