Earlier this month, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology warned that the country might soon experience an intense heat wave, which could bring temperature to 41 Celsius in the northwestern parts of the country.
Cambodia is believed to be one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Over the last few years, this has translated into extreme weather events going from droughts to floodings.
Last year’s low precipitation and the heath of the last few months have led to severe water shortage in some areas. Not only has this affected dry-season rice production and planting, but this has depleted drinking water and household-water supplies in several provinces including Siem Reap Province, Kompong Thom Province and Kompong Chhnang Province.