Irrigation officials have been advised by Thailand’s Office of the National Water Command Centre (NWCC) to manage the discharge of excess water from Thailand’s 20 major dams and reservoirs properly, to reduce impacts on downstream communities and farm land, as they are in danger of overflowing due to heavy rain.
The officials were also instructed to warn people living downstream of the dams to brace for the possible impacts of the discharge of huge volumes of excess water, to ease pressure on the dams.
The dams and reservoirs in danger of overflowing, listed by the NWCC, are:
In the northern region: Mae Mok, Kwae Noi Bumrung Daen and Thap Salao dams
In the Northeast: Ubol Ratana, Chulabhorn, Lam Takong, Lam Phra Phloeng, Lam Mun Bon, Lam Sae, Lam Nang Rong and Sirindhorn dams.
In the central region: Pasak Jolasid and Kra Siew dams.
In the eastern region: Khun Dan Prakan Chon and Naruebodindrachinda dams and Nong Pla Lai reservoir.
In western region: Srinagarind, Vajiralongkorn, Kaeng Krachan and Pran Buri dams.
Meanwhile, in the central province of Saraburi, numerous houses located along the banks of the Pasak River, as well as a huge Yang Na tree at a riverside temple, said to be over 100 years old, have fallen after the water level in the river dropped rapidly.
Today (Friday), the Thai Meteorological Department predicted less rain in the northern part of the north-east after tropical depression Kompasu weakened into a low-pressure cell over northern Vietnam.
It warned, however, that the southern part of the north-east, central, eastern and southern regions still faces heavy to very heavy rainfall because of the monsoon trough.