Saturday, September 24, 2011

River Level - Phnom Penh

Two photos taken from almost the same spot on the Phnom Penh riverfront 7 days apart, the first on September 17 and the second this afternoon at about 4:00PM. As flooding sweeps the country, so far Phnom Penh has been spared, but the river continues to rise, near cresting the banks now. There is still no telling if the city will flood this week, but I have prepared, moving most of the stuff (or at least the most vulnerable stuff) in my house upstairs from the ground floor. Hopefully the effort will have been for naught, but still best to be prepared.

Phnom Penh riverfront, Cambodia, Sept 17, 2011
Phnom Penh riverfront (Tonle Sap River), city center, September 17, 2011

Phnom Penh riverfront, Cambodia, Sept 24, 2011
Phnom Penh riverfront (Tonle Sap River), city center, September 24, 2011 (today,) 4:00PM


  1. I was down at the riverside on Tuesday and was surprised at the level of the water, I've never seen it so high. I live along Street 271, which is another dike, and the lower floor of the house is about 12 inches above water now, I've seen it get to within about 3 inches but never higher. I know it has previously flooded through though. What will happen to the legions of luxury cars if the city dikes are breached? I can't imagine too many of them will be able to park up on Wat Phnom! How deep was the flooding back in 200-2001?

  2. I was in Phnom Penh at the time, but I don't really know. Information wasn't quite as available, really, just what was in the Daily and the Post, and I don't recall what they said. I didn't move around the city much during the flooding. Too difficult. It was completely flooded east of Norodom, but I didn't try going to the riverfront area at all. In my neighborhood near Wat Sampo Meas it was only ankle deep. Around Phsar Thmey it was easily waist deep.