Over 50 houses submerged after reservoir levee fails in Nakhon Ratchasima

More than 50 houses, in a small village in Pak Thong Chai district of Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, are partially under water today after a wall of water cascaded downstream when a reservoir retaining wall collapsed.

After several days of heavy rain, the Hin Ta Ngo Reservoir, in Tambon Kam Nang Kaew, became so engorged that the earthen levee could no longer withstand the pressure of the excess water and burst, sending water rushing downhill to flood Village 3.

Officials said that the flood level in Village 3 reached about one metre at its peak, and the reservoir shed over 1.2 million cubic metres of water in about five hours.

They said that the flooding did not cause much damage to property, because the villagers had been warned in advance.

Relief materials, drinking water and food have been dispatched to the affected villagers, while the elderly and children have been evacuated by rescue workers.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service