Phnom Penh authorities begin tearing down floating communities

Phnom Penh's Russei Keo district authorities start removing floating houses on the Tonle Sap river, June 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Deputy Phnom Penh governor Keut Chhe said on Friday that the people living in floating houses had generally cooperated with the municipality’s decision to remove what it described as illegal residences on the river. He told CamboJA that households managing fish farms would be allowed to stay on the border between Prek Pnov district and Kandal province on the edge of Phnom Penh until their fish were old enough to be sold.