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Mekong River levels drop but floodwaters fail to drain from Nong Khai district


Even though the level of the Mekong River in Nong Khai’s Phon Pisai district is dropping, farmland, 20 homes and a school along Lam Suay Creek in Tambon Wat Luang remain submerged, as the river continues to block the drainage of floodwater from the creek.

Most of the families have moved to stay with relatives while others have sought shelter in tents set up by the Tambon Wat Luang Administrative Organisation.
The area has been flooded for the past week and the conditions on Monday prompted Pak Suay Pittyakhom School to announce it would remain closed all this week. Floodwater some 50cm deep has rendered a one-kilometer section of the only road to the school impassable.
The level of the Mekong River in the area stood at 11.66 metres, a reduction of 51 cm from the previous day, but still higher than the critical point of 11.40 metres.
Resident Khamchana Kaew-at-hat, 62, who has been living in a tent for the past week because his creek-side house is under two metres of water, deep, said he didn’t see the situation improving until the end of the month.

Published : September 10, 2018

By : Khamthon Kongsombat The Nation