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Asia Briefing

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How the citizens of Phnom Penh can expect to stay dry next monsoon, plus India's plans to put people in space and Indonesia's ambitions to become a green-transport pioneer.

India, Indonesia, Phnom Penh, Technology, Transport

No longer in floods


Every year, within hours of the monsoon rains coming, the centre of Phnom Penh fills with brown water and random bits of sewage. As one local landscape architect puts it “the place fills up like a bath”. And it stays that way for months (the monsoon season runs from June to October) and costs the city millions. Not to mention the general hassle – and the smell – for the 1.3 million population. Now, after a two-year, ¥2.15bn (€17.3m) Japanese-funded project, the city’s colonial era drainage system has been…


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