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Cambodia Quest for Land Boeung Kak
A $US79 million contract gave the green light for Shukaku Inc. to develop a 133 hectare commercial property on Boeung Kak Lake and its surroundings in February 2007, forcing more than 4,000 families around the lake in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, to leave their homes. The lake is being filled with sand from the Mekong river, pumped through about 6km long pipes under the surface of the city, raising concerns that this will increase risks of flooding Phnom Penh during rainy season as the lake serves as a reservoir. Regardless of the size of the land, compensation of 8500$, insufficient to buy a new home, or a flat in the far suburbs is offered to some residents.
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