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Sand-dredging machinery on the Tonle Bassac river in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on December 18, 2020. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

New Sand Dredging Begins Along Tonle Bassac River in Phnom Penh

A new sand dredging operation has commenced on the Tonle Bassac river in Phnom Penh within the past month, a local official said, with more than 90 companies now dredging rivers and streams in the country, according to the Mines and Energy Ministry.

A pipe used to transport dredged sand near the Bassac river and Chak Angre Krom pagoda on December 16, 2020. (Tran Technseng/VOD)

Dredged Sand Floods Pagoda Dining Hall After Pipe ‘Explodes’

A pipe installed under a Phnom Penh pagoda burst on Tuesday while moving dredged sand from barges on the Tonle Bassac river to landfill on Choeng Ek lake, with a pagoda representative saying City Hall had pushed for the pipe to pass through their grounds despite their reluctance.

Aeon Mall I in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district in 2015 (Wikimedia Commons)

Prisons Head, 5 Relatives Test Positive for Covid-19, Aeon Mall Closed

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. — The country’s prisons director, his wife and four of their family members have tested positive for Covid-19 with the source of their infection unknown, and Phnom Penh’s Aeon Mall I has been temporarily closed following a visit by the director’s wife, the Health Ministry said Sunday morning.

Land-filling at Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake in Prek Pnov district on November 24, 2020 (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Questions Raised Over Boeng Tamok Plot Handed to ‘Families’

Twenty-three families have ostensibly received a vacant plot on the edge of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake — but some locals, including the village chief, suggest people have been paid to thumb-print applications to obtain lake land for unknown outsiders.

Workers roll a garment factory’s carts through floodwaters in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district on October 22, 2020. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Financial Woes Mount on Flooded Factory Workers, Dangkao Community

Residents in Phnom Penh’s flooded Dangkao district say they are running out of options as food prices rise and bills arrive, but the incomes of thousands in the community have been disrupted after floodwaters halted production at the neighborhood’s main employer.