Sukhothai province told to install big bags to prevent possible flooding

The Royal Irrigation Department has warned Sukhothai provincial administration to brace for the arrival of water runoff from Phrae province, expected on Friday (July 21), by putting up big bags in the municipal area and at the Yom river embankment which is now under construction.

To spare Sukhothai from possible flooding, the Royal Irrigation Department deputy director-general Thongplew Kongchan said the department had worked out a water management plan by accelerating the discharge of water from the upstream of a water gate at Ban Hat Saphan Chan into Klong Yomnan, Saigao River and finally into the Nan river.

Besides, provincial irrigation offices have notified provincial officials in the Central Plains to warn residents living along rivers and klongs to be on the alert and to brace for possible flooding.

Mr Thongplew said the department had put on standby water pumps, backhoes, excavators and water pushing machines which can be sent to areas at risk of being inundated.

Meanwhile, Surasee Kittimonthon, director-general of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department, said that in wake of widespread rains in several northern and northeastern provinces, the department had adjusted its rain-making operations by concentrating on some northeastern provinces such as Buri Ram, Maha Sarakham and Roi Et which are still experiencing water shortage.

Regarding water situation in the Chao Phraya river, the amount of water flow through the Chao Phraya dam has been contained at 1,166 cubic metres per second, hence, resulting to flooding low-lying areas outside the protection of embankments such as areas in Bang Ban and Sena districts of Ayutthaya.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)