Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hun Sen cancels trip to inaugurate hydro-power dam in Kampot

Hun Sen cancels trip to inaugurate hydro-power dam in Kampot

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has canceled his trip to coastal province of Kampot to inaugurate a hydro-power dam due to fear of rainy weather, dam developer confirmed with Xinhua here on Tuesday.

During the trip scheduled on Tuesday, the premier planned to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kamchay Dam, which is developed by the SinoHydro Corporation, said Zhao Jinhui, resident director of the corporation.

The ceremony will be postponed, but the exact date is not decided yet, he added.

While explaining the change, Hun Sen expressed concerns about safety in the wake of the helicopter crash that killed National Police Commissioner Hok Lundy and three others on Nov. 9, according to the reports of English-language newspaper the Phnom Penh Post on Tuesday.

It is believed that the chopper crashed due to heavy rain, it added.

"I will not take any risk because of the accident that happened to our four patriots flying at night and in heavy rain. We regret their loss," the paper quoted him as saying.

According to the schedule, the premier should have taken his helicopter to Kampot on Tuesday morning. A mild rain started at midnight and lasted till Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Water Management and Meteorology has issued a notice warning that heavy rain and electrical storms are expected to pound the southern coast in the next few days.

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