Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday inaugurated the flood prevention and drainage improvement project in Phnom Penh funded by the government of Japan.
The project will end flooding in areas north of Wat Phnom in Daun Penh district and in the surrounding areas of Boeng Kak 1 and Boeng Kak 2 in Tuol Kork district. The cost of the project is $36 million.
The project commenced in December 2018 and took 36 months to complete.
After a test run in November last year, it was observed that when rainfall was lower than 40 millimetres per hour, areas around Wat Phnom were not flooded, according to Phnom Penh Municipal Public works and Transport.
Through cooperation between the City Hall and development partners, especially Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Japanese government’s grant aid, four phases of flood protection and drainage improvement systems have been implemented. The project has helped prevent flooding in Phnom Penh during torrential rains.