PHNOM PENH, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains have forced the evacuation of thousands of families in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province, rendering all roads into the northeastern province impassable and prompting a nationwide flood warning, local media reported Tuesday.
Muong Poy, the governor of Ratanakiri, told the Cambodia Daily that about 2,000 families from Lumphat and Kon Mon districts have been evacuated from homes submerged by the flood.
He said that thousands of hectares of paddy land in the two districts, which both straddle the Srae Pov river, have also been destroyed, adding that provincial officials have plans in place to help the flood victims, writes Rasmei Kampuchea.
Chai Vuth, the deputy governor of Stung Treng province, said that the heavy rains have flooded the road to Ratanakiri, making it impossible for vehicles to enter, adds the newspaper.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has issued a statement warning all riverbank residents in the country, particularly those living alongside the Mekong, to be prepared for serious flooding in the next two or three days, reports Rasmei Kampuchea.
Lim Kean Hour, the chief of the ministry, told the newspaper Monday that the heavy rains have already caused a great deal of destruction in Preah Vihear province and that the Mekong river is rising dangerously.
Figures from the ministry's Department of Hydrology and River Works show that in Stung Treng province the Mekong River Monday had risen by 1.28 meters to 7.68 meters in one day, while in Kratie the water level has risen by 1.70cm to 16.58 meters.
Mao Hak, the director of the Hydrology department said that floodwaters flowing downstream will raise the water level of the Mekong in Kampong Cham and other provinces on its route, adding that Phnom Penh is not in danger of flooding, reports the Cambodia Daily.