sand dredging
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.

A collapsed riverbank and houses along the Bassac river in Takhmao city, Kandal province on February 24, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Families Living in Tents After Riverbank Collapse Destroyed Homes

Kandal province residents whose homes fell into the Bassac river said Thursday that they’re sleeping in plastic tents while they wait for the government to respond to their concerns over the collapsing riverbank and nearby sand dredging.