Floodwaters in Prachin Buri, Phitsanulok continue to rise

national September 21, 2012 00:00

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Heavy rain in Prachin Buri in the early hours of Friday flooded Si Maha Phot market, and local authorities are closely monitoring rising water levels in the Prachin Buri River, which have already passed the critical level.


Continuous heavy rain and floodwaters flowing from Kabin Buri district have added more water, with flooding reaching Tha Prachoom, the Si Maha Phot municipality market, where the water level exceeded 40 centimetres.
Traders in the market rushed to pack their goods for fear that they would be damaged by the water. 
Si Maha Phot municipality officials are closely monitoring the water situation, particularly the earth embankment along the Prachin Buri River at Wat Mai Krong Thong. If the dyke fails, the market would be totally flooded.
More than 20 pumps ran all night to drain water from the municipality, where some 100 homes were affected.
Meanwhile in Phitsanulok province, the flooding situation is still serious in many districts particularly Bang Rakam, Bundit Inta, the director of the Phitsanulok Irrigation Project said.
The district has been hardest hit by overflowing water from Yom River, he said. The water level of the river on Friday was 8.37 meters, higher than yesterday, when the recorded measurement was 8.17 meters. It is likely that the level will continue to increase over the next two days. 
The district is at risk of inundation as floodwater from the districts of Muang Sukhothai and Prompiram will run off to Bang Rakam in the near future, an area that already has 50,000 rai of land under water. 
If there is no rain in the meantime, the flooding level in Bang Rakam will reach its peak in the next two days before gradually decreasing, Bundit said, because the water will flow through Yom River to Phichit province and to the Nan River. 

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