A total of 190 water reservoirs based on royally-initiated "Monkeys Cheeks" mechanism will be built across the country to ease flooding problem and help with existing irrigation projects, Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart said yesterday.
The construction of the reservoirs will begin this year with incomplete land expropriation in certains areas going ahead to make way for them, he said. This reservoir project will be impletmented to commemorate His Majesty the King.
The monarch has invented the Monkeys Cheeks mechanism, in which water is stored in a catchment area to avoid abrupt flooding until it is full, the water will be later utilised while excessive amount is let out flowing. This stimuates nature of monkey's eating habit.
Sanan was speaking after giving relief supplies and mobile water purifiers to 1,500 people in Bang Mool Nak district of Phichit province he is based.
In Chaiyaphum, a 14-year-old boy drowned at TAT Fa waterfall in TAT Tone National Park after flashflood hit at where he was swimming with five friends. Disaster status has been declared in four districts out of all 16. A damage estimate is underway and will be soon announced.
In Kalasin, more than 5,500 rai of farmland had been submerged while 300 homes in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district were under 50-cm flood water. Urban areas in nearby Pak Thong Chai district are also flooded,, with many schools closed.
In Lop Buri, 800 homes in four tambon in Muang district were flooded overnight with 50-cm inundation. A 1-km section of a key route linking with Phatthana Nikhom district was under 50-metre flood water.