Bhumibol Dam free from damage as work begins on repairing affected roads

national May 06, 2014 00:00

The country's biggest concrete arch dam, the Bhumibol Dam, remains strong following Monday's 6.3magnitude earthquake in the northern region.

The quake sparked concerns among local residents over its anti-earthquake capacity, as the acting transport minister today ordered the closure of a quake-damaged highway for repairs.

Bhumibol Dam director Pisut Chokekotwat reaffirmed that the arch dam in Tak province had not been affected by the Chiang Rai earthquake.

He said that the dam was designed to handle earthquakes to up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and added that the dam is also 350 kilometres away from Chiang Rai.

Electricity being provided as usual was for local residents around the dam, Pisut said.

Somwang Pansuksan, chief of maintenance staff for the Kwainoi Bamrungdaen Dam in Phitsanulok province, said the dam was not affected by the quake as it was not in the seismic area.

Meanwhile, caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt today inspected the inspected quakehit areas this morning and ordered the temporary closure of Highway 118 for repairs due to cracks in some parts of the road.

At Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang Airport, flight services were operating as usual despite some damage to the airport’s windows.

The minister instructed airport officials to prepare for evacuation, while aircraft were asked use remote parking instead of runway parking for passengers’ safety.


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