Many Nakhon Ratchasima dams brimming

national October 01, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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Several reservoirs in Nakhon Ratchasima are full of water due to heavy rain in the past few days, which is threatening to inundate several areas.

Senior irrigation official ML Anumas Thongthaem, however, said such high capacity was natural and would not effect high-lying areas in the province, especially in highly popular Pak Thong Chai districts. The Lam Phra Phloeng 1 reservoir is almost 100 per cent full and is releasing a high volume of water into Lam Phra Phloeng 2 reservoir, which is now 93 per cent full.

Meanwhile, a flash flood inundated 50 houses in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district, with the highest level of water being 2 metres. The influx began at around 10am after a Saturday night of heavy downpours coupled with high tide, which slows the drainage of flood water out to the sea in the coastal province.

Separately, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra pleaded with residents in the capital “to be patient” as flood water remained stagnant in Bankgok, saying that rain water exceeding 60mm per hour would need time to recede. He called on Bangkokians to also “notice” that areas where there was stagnant flood water would not see a recurrence of floods.

He said the government should also be held responsible along with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration for stagnant flood water, which was caused by underground sewers being clogged with stones and sand, because dredging of clogged sewers was shared equally by both authorities. “The BMA is being heavily criticised for flood water lasting for two hours, but the government is not attacked for floods which last days,” he complained.

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