Swollen Mekong 75cm from banks

Breaking News August 02, 2018 13:34

By The Nation

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The Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom continued to rise on Thursday due to Wednesday night's downpours, reducing the drainage offered by rising tributary canals, especially Lam Nam Kam and Lam Nam Bang, with over 130,000 rai of farmland already submerged.

As of 8am, the Mekong was measured at 12.25 metres, about 25cm beyond the critical point and was only 75cm from the banks.

The Thoranit Narumit floodgate, the last stop before Lam Nam Kam would pour into the Mekong, opened all its four gates but was not fast enough to drain floodwater.

Lam Na Kam has overflowed resulting in the flooding of many villages in Tambon Piman of Na Kae district and large areas of farmland.

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