Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Boeung Kak Lake. 2010/2012.
August 26, 2008, the Phnom Penh Post, raw, declares:
“ Boeung Kak lake: The biggest urban relocation since the Khmer Rouge evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975. ”
On August 7, 2008, from public “land”, the lake has been reclassified into state private land with the idea to fill it with sand to build on it.
(Shukaku Inc. owned by a CPP senator in partnership with a chinese company, 99 years leasing).
On August 26, 2008 the “development” begun.
They started pump the sand into the Boeung kak lake, the first step towards the realization of a project that will affect the development of 133 hectares dedicated to luxury building, and thousands of poor families.
Nearby houses/huts were constantly flooded because of the overflow of the lake, 4000 families forced to evict by accepting one of the 3 options proposed.
On March 2, 2010, by letter, all residents have been invited to accept one of three options and to leave within seven days or “In case Sir and Madame don not follow the above notice, Dauhn Penh district will take strict legal action and will not be responsible for any damage to or loss of your property.”
The World Bank itself, in a March 2010 report, admits mistakes in the $ 24.3 million project approved to help finance the work.
The Boeung Kak lake is now a desert, icon of a capital that is changing vary fast.
See the full long-term project about Cambodia development here: PORTRAIT OF A LIMBO
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