By Thai Newsroom Reporters
VILLAGERS IN LOW-LYING TERRAINS of six northeastern provinces were today (Oct.16) alerted to brace for more excessive water coming from dams in the next few days, officials said.
A large volume of rainwater to be released daily from Ubonrat dam in Khon Kaen and Lampao dam in Kalasin would likely inundate the low-lying districts of Nong Bua Lampu, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothorn, Khon Kaen and Kalasin, especially those located on either side of Chi River, prompting the authorities to prepare more water pumps as part of a contingency measure to alleviate the natural disaster.
The Esaan villagers were advised to relocate their seedlings, livestock and property to higher ground and brace for possible evacuation of people.
Ubonrat and Lampao dams each of which is currently containing an estimated 1,800 million cubic metres of torrential water from mountainous areas following heavy downpour in monsoon season and releasing 15 million cubic metres of water daily might probably release more rainwater down to those low-lying terrains in the next few days.
The dams might possibly be severely damaged if an increased volume of water was still held without being proportionately released, the officials said.
In Kalasin, 10 out of a total of 18 districts were reported to have been more affected by flooding than elsewhere in the Esaan region due to the overflowing Chi River since the last couple of weeks.
Top: further below, Front Page: Phichit swamped with floodwater today, Oct. 16, 2023. Photos: Naewna
First below: Heavy flooding in Kalasin. Photo: Matichon