Nakhon Ratchasima 'flooded due to rain'
The flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district can be blamed on the 100 millimetres of rain brought by the storm Nari and not on the release of water from upstream Lam Takhong Dam, the Royal Irrigation Department's Water Watch and Monitoring System for Warning Centre said yesterday.
The centre said the storm flooded the area from October 16-18, and that the department had stopped releasing water from the dam since October 19, adding that the release of water could only be blamed for flooding in low-lying areas. The dam is 95 per cent full.
Runoffs from Lam Takhong, Lam Phra Ploeng, Lam Mul Bon and Lam Sae will hit Phi Mai district from Monday to Wednesday. The district is already being affected by the Mool River, which has risen 30 centimetres and will rise another 30cm with the runoffs. Officials have taken the precaution of raising the sandbag barriers around the Phi Mai Historical Park by another 30cm.
Separately, flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima's Chok Chai district destroyed 29,000 sacks of rice worth Bt30 million stored in the Saeng Ayutthaya Warehouse. This stash was part of the 120,000 sacks stored under the government's rice-pledging project.