Seven downstream provinces brace for flooding today

The government yesterday warned of rising water in the Chao Phraya river in seven downstream provinces

The government yesterday warned people living and businesses locating along the Chao Phraya river banks in seven downstream provinces to get ready for evacuation as water level will rise to almost one metre high from today as more water is being discharged from Chao Phraya dam after water storage is reaching critical level.

The seven provinces warned are Chai Nat, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Suphanburi, Lopburi, and Ayutthaya.

Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said warning was issued after persistent heavy downpours in the country’s upper region has resulted in the rise in the water level in the Chao Phraya dam.

It was forecast that by today water flowing into the dam will be 2,800 cubic metres a second, thus prompting irrigation officials the need to discharge excess water out by 2,300 cubic metres from earlier 2,000 cubic metres a second.

The increase in water discharge will raise water level downstream up by 25-75 centimetres, he said.

He said governors of all seven downstream provinces were ordered to alert people along the river banks of danger from rising water level in the river, and get ready for evacuation of their belongings to higher ground.

He also said all construction near the river banks were also advised to build embankment to prevent damages from water.

The spokesman also disclosed that the prime minister was concern about the plight of people living by the river and their farmlands, as well as farmers who sacrificed by allowing irrigation officials to divert excess water into their farmland, saying that the government would consider appropriate compensation for the damages they suffer.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)