Flooding in the provinces concerns PM

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered comprehensive water management to speeding floodwater drainage into the sea to minimize risks of massive flooding as many provinces have been hit by severe floods.

He voiced concern as several provinces were submerged after they were hit by rainstorms yesterday, particularly Ayutthaya province.

Gen Prayut said he was concerned over the current water situation in low-lying areas in the central plain, which receives accumulated run-off from the North together with heavy rainfall.

He said comprehensive water management is needed to protect low-lying areas in the Chao Phraya River basin.

In Ayutthaya, the water in the Chao Phraya and the Pasak Rivers overflowed banks to flood several low lying communities.

About 1,500 houses are flooded.

Local authorities now are declaring the affected areas as disaster zones. Floodwater is as high as two metres in some communities.

In Lopburi’s Banmee district, flood level is about one metre high and about 200 households have been submerged.

In Chaiyaphum province, forest run-off in the Chee River flowed to Laharn Lake making it to reach the crisis level.

Torrent of water eroded sluice gates and soil embankment of the lake. About 100 houses, farmlands, temples and schools along the Chee River have been inundated. Local residents moved their belonging to higher ground for fear of massive flooding similar to the 2011 great flooding.

Meanwhile Chao Phraya dam has increased water discharge, the high volume of water caused sand embankment in a village in Chai-nat province to collapse.

Flood flowed into the village and submerged about 180 houses. Soldiers helped local residents move their belongings to higher ground and repair sand embankment.

Also the Royal Irrigation Department is speeding draining huge volume of water from major dams to handle ongoing rainfalls, expected to continue until Oct 17.

Currently, 12 dams have water storage higher than the standard control level.

A total of 168 medium size dams across the country store water of 80 per cent to 100 percent of their capacities.