Drought-hit Cambodian villagers now getting clean water

Pnom Penh, April 21 (IANS) Authorities in southwestern Cambodia’s Kampot province have started distributing clean water to drought-stricken villagers in several districts, officials said on Wednesday.

Kampot provincial police chief Mao Chanmathurith said the operation was a collaborative effort between the government and military police in delivering clean water to more than 500 families in Kampot town’s Andoung Khmer commune on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The provincial governor, Chan Chesda, ordered our working group to deliver the clean water to the villagers in eight districts and towns. We will help to provide water until they tell us they have enough water to use and if they still need more water, we will still help them,” he said.

Mao said residents have water for taking baths or washing clothes, but they do not have clean water for drinking and cooking food.

Northwestern Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district is also facing shortages of clean water, with residents having to buy extra supplies.

Sy Dy, district police chief said villagers have to spend 40,000 riel ($10) for a 2,000-litre bottle for bathing and need to buy fresh water for drinking.

Meanwhile, the northwestern Siem Reap provincial authorities also distributed clean water to more than 1,600 families in three districts and towns where there are shortages and will continue to provide water to other drought-hit villagers.



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