Eight provinces near the Mekong River are at risk of flooding due to heavy rainfall from today until next Tuesday, August 15. The National Water Resources Committee issued the flood warning yesterday, August 9, according to a Nation Thailand report.
The affected provinces are Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, and Ubon Ratchathani. The flooding risk is the result of the Mekong River rising as a result of heavy and continuous rise fall.
“Related agencies in eight provinces near the Mekong River have to be ready to deal with the situation.”
According to the report, the committee has warned that the river could breach its banks if there is no let-up in the rain. Residents are being advised to continue monitoring the situation and to be prepared for the fallout of rising water levels.
The director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department says his office is also keeping a close eyes on things, with equipment such as excavators, trailers, and mobile water pumps on standby. Praphit Chanma says officials are also checking irrigation facilities in the affected areas and removing any obstructions to improve drainage.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand