Hundreds of police and soldiers have been working around the clock since Wednesday to prevent a major dam built during the Khmer Rouge period in Banteay Meanchey province from breaking and flooding as many as eight surrounding villages, officials said Thursday. Heavy rains, compounded by floodwaters from Thailand and neighboring Oddar Meanchey province have damaged a 150-meter section of the 2-km-long Trapaing Thma dam in Phnom Srok district’s Poy Char commune, putting it at risk of rupturing, said Ouk Keorattanak, a provincial administrator. “Police, soldiers and residents have tried to place sandbags on the dam,” Mr. Keorattanak said.
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