Prachuap Khiri Khan braces for another round of flooding

Panlop Singhaseni, the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, has ordered concerned officials to be prepared to cope with another round of flooding as the Thai Meteorological Department has predicted all 16 southern provinces will be hit by heavy rain brought by a depression storm from the night of Nov 1.

Mr Panlop gave this order while on an inspection trip to the Nong Ya Plong bridge at kilometre marker 365+628 and Wang Yao bridge at kilometre marker 386+542 on Phetkasem highway (Highway 2).

The two bridges were severely damaged by strong currents in the first round of flooding early this year, bringing traffic on Highway 2 to a complete halt for several days. Bailey bridges were built at the two sites for temporary use.

Apichart Chanthanyakorn, director of the Prachuap Khiri Khan highway office, said the repairs of the two bridges were completed in July and September respectively.

The two bridges have been reinforced with thicker concrete so that they would not be easily damaged with hit by heavy logs.

He was confident the two bridges would not be affected by the new round of flooding expected to be brought by the depression.