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La Nina may spur more floods

BANGKOK: The Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) has warned the public to brace for the effects of two major regional storms later this month.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 2 October 2021, 10:22AM


A family walks in the floodwater at Wat Sa Kae in Pathum Thani’s Sam Khok district. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

A family walks in the floodwater at Wat Sa Kae in Pathum Thani’s Sam Khok district. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

ONWR secretary-general Somkiat Prajamwong, who is also a director of the National Water Command Centre, said one or two storms are expected shortly after Oct 10, but that neither will hit Thailand directly, reports the Bangkok Post.

While he did not expect them to significantly impact water levels in the country, the Thai Meteorological Department has forecast more rain in the South after next week due to the influence of the complex weather pattern known as La Nina.

Looking back, satellite images show Sukhothai was the worst hit of 19 provinces from Sept 20-26, with over 362,000 rai of land inundated with water.

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From today (Oct 2) until Friday, water will be drained out of the area before the next round of rain arrives, Mr Somkiat said.

Meanwhile, the Pasak Jolasid Dam will reduce its discharge rate from 1.2 billion cubic metres per second (m³/s) on Oct 8-9 to ease pressure on the Pak Sak River.

The ONWR also pledged to resolve such water-related issues within 20 days, he said.

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Christy Sweet | 03 October 2021 - 13:28:04

I remember about 6 years back a vast swath of Bangkok was sacrificed so as to not flood the Palace complex. Bangkok will be underwater within the next decade. Because of corruption there will not be the funds to divert water, which is merely a stopgap. The Gulf of Siam will  inundate it.  

Kurt | 03 October 2021 - 02:04:45

As long I can remember Thailand yearly experience floods and draughts. Of both every time to much, reducing countries harvests. All that precious water we see daily on tv, running unused away. Why not make more deep water reservoirs on lower grounds with a irrigation pipe line system covering farming land around it?

 

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