More water being released from Lam Pao Dam in Kalasin

People in five districts have been warned of possible effects as Lam Pao Dam in Kalasin province is now releasing more water, from 20 million cubic metres to 35 million cubic metres per day, Royal Irrigation Department deputy director-general Thongplew Kongchan said on Monday (July31).

Mr Thongplew said the release of more water is to maintain the condition of the dam, which is now holding 84% of its full capacity. Moreover, it is a preparation for the dam to take more rainwater between August-October.

The dam is capable of holding 1,657 million cubic metres of water.

Five districts of Kalasin province � Yang Talat, Kamalasai, Khong Chai, Muang and Rong Kham � are expected to be affected by the release of more water from the dam.

Grisda Boonrach, the Interior permanent secretary, said he was informed of this by the Royal Irrigation Department this on Monday afternoon.

Apart from the five districts of Kalasin, communities and riverside farmland in Yasothon, Chaiyaphum, Roi Et and Ubon Ratchathani are expected to be also affected. The provincial governors have been instructed to inform the people concerned, Mr Grisda said.

At present several large reservoirs in the Northeast are now more than 80% of their full capacities. They include Nam Un Dam in Sakon Nakhon province with 641 million cubic metres of water or 123% of its capacity and Nam Phung Dam in Sakon Nakhon with 171 million cubic metres of water or 104% of it capacity.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)