Cambodia cancels Water Festival
Published on Oct 18, 2011
Cambodia has canceled its annual Water Festival in the wake of serious flooding in the country. The country’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen said recently that funds used for the three-day festival will instead be used aid flood recovery. He also said that high water levels could pose a danger for festival-goers “Water levels are still higher than the warning levels in Phnom Penh and it would be a high-risk situation for boat racers and festival-goers,” the Phnom Penh Post reported the PM as saying. Last year’s Water Festival ended in tragedy when 353 people were killed in a stampede on a bridge in Phnom Penh.
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