The Ministry of Water Resources impounded five barges in Kandal province on Saturday for flouting a government ban on sand dredging on the Mekong River, an official said Sunday. Chan Youttha, cabinet chief for Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor, said the minister personally led a government delegation to the dredging sites in Sa’ang district to enforce a ban on sand dredging along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers that took effect on October 15. “The minister suspended the anarchic sand pumping and we confiscated five barges and three plastic pipes in accordance with the law,” he said.
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