Floating villages to be relocated

Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities have outlined plans to relocate thousands of families living on the Tonle Sap river in an effort to curb water pollution. Provincial governor Chhour Chan Dern said five floating villages in three different locations along a stretch of the river in his province cause environmental pollution and damaged the river’s ecosystem. “All floating villages have to be relocated to dry land and all permanent settlements built on the water will be banned,” he said. Mr. Chan Dern said provincial authorities would relocate all five of the floating villages, however they are encouraging residents to leave the river voluntarily.

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