PM Prayut tells provinces to brace for more floods
PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Sept. 2, 2018) told 7 provinces to get ready for more flooding as officials are urgently discharging water form some dams to make room for more inflow, Thai News Agency reported.
Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said General Prayut is concerned about the floods which have hit many areas after incessant rainfall.
“The Prime Minister is continuously following the rain and flood situation across the country.
“Vajiralongkorn dam will be releasing more water during September 4-7, flooding areas at the rear of the dam, with areas at the rear of Chao Phraya dam also being impacted by an overflow,” Lt-Gen Sansern said.
Prime Minister Prayut ordered the 7 provinces at risk, Kanchanaburi in the west and Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkram, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong and Ayutthya in the central region, to get ready to prevent flood damage and alleviate the impact on victims.
Similarly Northeastern provinces along the bank of Mekong river, such as Nakhon Phanom, could be hit by flooding through the rising river water.
They have been instructed to warn people in risky areas to move their belongings, equipment and farm animals to either higher ground or a suitable area.
Currently 8 provinces are flooded with these being Nakhon Phanom, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast, Phetchaburi in the West, and Nakhon Nayok in the Central region.
Officials are quickly draining water out and distributing relief goods and food to victims as initial assistance.
Those needing help can call the hotline 1784 all 24 hours.
Top: Water flowing out of Vajiralongkorn dam. Photo: Thai News Agency
In-text: Heavy flooding in the provinces. Photo: Thai News Agency