Residents Protest as Sand and Water Levels Rise

Village 1 continues to suffer from the pumping of sand and water into Boeung Kak Lake. On Sep. 20, some 60 villagers, mainly women and children, gathered near Hun Sen’s house to protest against the continued pumping. Met by police, the protesters stood their ground for a few hours before being persuaded to move to nearby Wat Botum park, where a member of Hun Sen’s cabinet finally received their request for a stop to the pumping. In the meantime, previously flooded parts of Village 1 on the lake’s Western shore are now covered in sand, though large parts of the village also remain flooded. Shukaku Inc. had on on Sep. 20 moved the pumping the middle of the lake, though it is expected the incoming sand and water will continue to affect Village 1.

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