Wednesday June 8, 2022

Khmer Times

The water level of the Tonle Sap and the Mekong has continued to rise with the country experiencing the normal wet season heavy rainfalls and storms.

The Tonle Sap has risen 1.77 metres above its normal level by June 6, while the Mekong has also risen more significantly with the hydrological station in Chaktomuk measuring an increase of 3.87 metres on the same day.

Mao Hak, Deputy Chief of Tonle Sap Authority, told local news on June 6 that the Mekong River poured in water to the Tonle Sap causing the 1.77 metre increase. The water level of the Tonle Sap is currently higher that the average water level, with the water level of Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake rising daily.

Hak said that the water condition of the Tonle Sap Lake is now favourable for biodiversity. He added that all the hydrological stations have reported that the Mekong’s current water level is conducive for farming. The water started to rise at the beginning of the rainy season much faster than in previous years.

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