FLOODING has started in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, with many houses on the bank of Chao Phraya River in Sam Khok district inundated and assets damaged as a result of river water level rising sharply after some dams began releasing large volumes of water amid days of heavy rain and this compounded by high tide, Amarin TV said today (Sept. 27).
At 1 p.m. the Pathum Thani Provincial Public Relations Office issued a warning on its Facebook page for people to be careful and all districts to prepare for more heavy rain and flooding particularly those living or having business along the river.
The flooding at some houses in Sam Khok district is already 50 cetimetres to a metre high.
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The Royal Irrigation Department said over the past few days there has been torrential rain in upper Thailand but as the Thai Meteorological Department has warned that the monsoon trough will be moving down to lower central region during Sept. 26-30 triggering heavy rain in this zone it will increase the amount of water flowing into the Chao Phraya river.
It is estimated that water is flowing past Wat Nam station in Nakhon Sawan province at the rate of 2,400–2,500 cubic metres per second.
The Royal Irrigation Department is trying to decrease the flow by draining the water in low-lying areas but it is still necessary to allow Chao Phraya Dam to release 2,000–2,500 cubic metres per second of water with this being gradually adjusted.
This will raise the water level in the river below the dam by 0.30–1.00 metre during Sept. 26–29.
Heavy flooding in Pathum Thani and other provinces. Photos: Amarin TV