The Royal Irrigation Department is blaming the raging floods in the East on the lack of water-drainage options.
Many areas in the region have been under water for more than a month already.
“The region has been relying on local rivers for water draining; there’s nothing else,” the department’s deputy director general, Suthep Noipairoj, said yesterday.
He said that though there are plenty of reservoir projects in the works for the region, none of them has been completed yet. For instance, the Huai Samong Reservoir in Prachin Buri’s Nadi district is scheduled for completion in 2017.
“We need to invest more in this,” Suthep said, though he admitted that the continuous downpours were also to be blamed.
According to Prachin Buri Governor Jitra Phomchutima, her province has been getting about 200 millilitres of rain per day since September 19. The province spans an area of just over 7,500 square metres.
“The province has more than 1.1 billion cubic metres of water now,” she said.
Jitra went on to say that the only channel to drain water was through the Prachin Buri River, which is already brimming over.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said 17 boats have so far been deployed on the river to help with the water drainage.
Neighbouring province Sa Kaew is also struggling with serious flooding. So far, about 100 families in Khao Chakan district have been evacuated due to high flood levels in their hometown.
As of press time, floods have ravaged 28 provinces and affected the lives of some 1.98 million people.
Suwan Dejkhum, a vendor at the Lam Nang Rong Dam in Buri Ram’s Non Din Daeng district, said flooding was hurting business very badly.
“The dam usually attracts tourists, but with the flooding nobody is showing up. We can’t earn anything,” she said.