By Thai Newsroom Reporters
MAJOR DAMS IN NORTHEASTERN provinces are releasing an increased volume of water daily to receive more excessive waters from above the dams and contain imminent flash floods in low-lying terrains of the entire Isaan region throughout this month, officials said today (Oct.6).
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin was briefed on the latest flooding situation in a dozen northeastern provinces during the current monsoon season where excessive waters caused by torrential rains have overflown the rivers and wreaked havoc to villagers in low-lying areas.
The prime minister who today visited Ubon Ratchathani where flash floods have reportedly occurred every year told the authorities to take contingency measures to have the local villagers adversely affected the least possible and to alleviate the flooding situation as soon as possible.
Floodwater from the major overflowing waterways such as Chee River which have already inundated many agricultural and residential areas of Ubon Ratchathani and other provinces in the lower part of the region are expected to aggravate throughout this month.
Meanwhile, Ubonrat dam in Nam Pong district of Khon Kaen is releasing an increased volume of water daily so it could contain more excessive water to be coming down from above the dam as torrential rains are forecast to prevail over the entire Isaan region, the officials said.
Nam Pong’s dam is currently releasing three million cubic metres of water per day, compared to 800,000 cubic metres per day earlier, into the rivers and canals.
Other major dams bound to do the same include Lam Takhong dam in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chulabhorn dam in Chaiyaphum and Pak Mun dam in Ubon Ratchathani.
Top and Front Page: Flooding in Sahatsakhan district, Kalasin province, in the Northeast on Wednesday, Oct. 4. 2023. Photos: Naewna
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin in Ubon Ratchathani today, Oct. 6, 2023. Photo: Thai Rath