Hundreds of families in Battambang province have been evacuated as authorities ordered a section of a dam to be cut away to release pressure on a reservoir that was threatening to burst and engulf the communities beneath it, as heavy rain continues to cause havoc in the country’s western provinces. Chhim Vachira, director of Battambang’s department of agriculture, said that the three existing floodgates had been opened in the 2-km long, 19-km wide Kamping Puoy Bassin dam, which was built as part of an irrigation project by the Khmer Rouge, but they were not funneling water out of the reservoir
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