Veal Veang District

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Veal Veang
ស្រុកវាលវែង
District (srok)
Veal Veang is located in Cambodia
Veal Veang
Veal Veang
Location in Cambodia
Coordinates: 12°22′N 103°15′E / 12.367°N 103.250°E / 12.367; 103.250
Country  Cambodia
Province Pursat
Communes 5
Villages 20
Population (1998)[1]
 • Total 57,523
Time zone +7
Geocode 1506

Veal Veang (or Veal Veng), Khmer: ស្រុកវាលវែង is a district in Pursat Province, Cambodia. The district capital is Pramoey town located 109 kilometres by road from National Highway Number 5.

Characteristics[edit]

Veal Veang shares a border with Battambang Province to the north, Thailand to the west, Koh Kong Province to the south and the Pursat districts of Phnum Kravanh and Bakan to the east. The northern end of the Cardamom Mountains cover the eastern edge of Veal Veang to the Thai border.[2] According to the 1998 Census, Veal Veang district is made up of 5 communes and 20 villages.[3] However, the population of the district was not enumerated in the census due to security concerns.[4] From 1979 until the end of the 1990s, Veal Veang was one of the last remaining strongholds of the Khmer Rouge.

The legacy of the Cambodian civil war and over 30 years of Khmer Rouge occupation has left many parts of the district heavily contaminated with landmines.[5] As mines are cleared and roads improved, logging both legal and illegal threatens the remaining forested areas. Veal Veang is also home to around 300 families of the few remaining ethnic minority Pear people.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Population Census of Cambodia, 1998: Village Gazetteer. National Institute of Statistics. February 2000. pp. 250–252. 
  2. ^ Total Road Atlas of Cambodia 2006, 3rd edition. Total Cambodge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 2006. 
  3. ^ General Population Census of Cambodia 1998, Ministry of Planning, Phnom Penh
  4. ^ Census Plan for 2008, Ministry of Planning, Phnom Penh 2006
  5. ^ Final report: Land Mine Awareness Project, Cambodian Red Cross, Phnom Penh 2004.
  6. ^ Overview of the distribution of Pear (Por) people in Cambodia, NGO Forum, Phnom Penh, 2005

Coordinates: 12°22′N 103°15′E / 12.367°N 103.250°E / 12.367; 103.250