Flood Warnings for Seven Provinces

111022-N-WW409-445 BANGKOK (Oct. 22, 2011) An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, flies around the Bangkok area with members of the humanitarian assessment survey team and the Royal Thai Armed Forces to assess the damage caused by flooding. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/Released)

The Royal Irrigation Department on Monday maintained an urgent flood alert for seven provinces as more water is released from the reservoir behind the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat Province.

Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya and Lop Buri are at risk from overflow of the Chao Phraya River, according to the Royal Irrigation Department.

The dam in Chai Nat on Sunday discharged 900 cubic metres per second and the Royal Irrigation Department plans to raise the flow to 1,200 cubic metres per second as more water gushes downstream from the northern region.

The Meteorological Department has lifted storm warnings after Storm Kajiki left the country but the weather agency forecasts rain in the northern and northeastern regions from Tuesday to the weekend.

Thanitcha Suriwong, the village chief of Ban Moo 9 in Sena district of Ayutthaya, said the village was flooded by the overflow of the Chao Phraya on Monday and residents have been advised to move belongings to higher ground.

Villagers used boats to reach main roads as the water level makes vehicles impassible, she added.

Run-off from last week’s heavy rains around Khon Kaen and parts of the north-east, have now made their way to the province of Roi-Et, south east of Khon Kaen.