By Thai Newsroom Reporters
LOW-LYING TERRAINS in a dozen provinces are still under water due to torrential rain and flash floods with possibility of being further flooded later this month, officials said today (Oct.11).
The provinces yet affected by torrential rain and flash floods which have more or less damaged agricultural and residential areas include Uttaradit in the lower northern region, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun and Nakhon Sawan in the upper central region, Loei, Nong Bua Lampu, Kalasin, Chaiyapum, Roi Et and Ubon Ratchathani in the upper, mid- and lower northeastern region.
More excessive water caused by rainstorms and subsequent flash floods is expected to come over from mountainous areas down the rivers to the low-lying terrains.
Over 20,000 households in 925 villages in those flood-hit provinces have been alerted to relocate their seedlings, livestock and property to higher ground and be prepared for possible evacuation at a height of the current monsoon season, the officials said.
Water pumps have been provided and riverside or canalside embankments have been reinforced in and around those low-lying terrains to keep out the floodwater and contain damage under contingency measures currently carried out by the local and provincial authorities.
Meanwhile, Ubonrat dam in Khon Kaen will release a bigger volume of water daily in effort to contain excessive water coming over from above the dam due to further heavy downpour.
The major dam is currently releasing nine million cubic metres of water daily and will release as much as 15 million cubic metres of water daily by the middle of this month to rivers and canals in the mid- and lower northeastern region.
For similar reasons, Pasak Chonlasit dam in Lopburi and Chao Phraya dam in Chainart are releasing much more water daily whilst the flooding situation currently remains in Lom Sak and Lom Kao districts of Phetchabun.
Many low-lying terrains on either side of Chao Phraya River, Noi River and Pasak River in the mid-central provinces are currently affected by flooding, albeit at no critical level as yet.
Rice farms in seven out of a total of 16 districts of Ayutthaya, namely Pak Hai, Sena, Bang Sai, Bang Barn, Bang Pa-in, Bang Pahan and Ayutthaya district are currently flooded.
Top: Heavy flooding in Phetchabun today, Oct. 11, 2023. Photo: Thai Rath
Insert: Officials heading out in a boat to help flood victims. Photo: Thai Rath
Below and Front Page: Nakhon Ratchasima badly flooded. Photos: Naewna