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Isaan in grip of severe floods
« on: July 30, 2018, 01:55:35 PM »

Northeast in grip of severe floods


NORTHEASTERN provinces have been warned of heavy flooding due to the overflowing Mekong River and reservoirs, following days of heavy rains.

The warning by local authorities came as Thailand braces for at least two more storms originating in the Pacific Ocean between August and September.

Rising water levels in Mekong River yesterday caused flooding in many areas of Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan provinces, which are located along the international waterway.

In Sakon Nakhon, following five days of heavy rains, large amounts of overflowing water from small dams and reservoirs increased the water level in Nong Han Lake, which is spread over 72,000 rai (28,466 acres) in the northeastern province’s Muang district.

Local residents have been warned to move their belongings to higher ground in preparation for possible inundation, particularly in areas around the lake.

In Ubon Ratchathani province, water levels in the Mekong along its Khong Chiam, Khemarat, Na Tan and Pho Sai districts continued to rise after days of downpours.

Low-lying areas in those districts were underwater yesterday. Hundreds of rai of farmland became flooded as a result.

Residents and their cattle were evacuated to safer areas.

In Nakhon Phanom, farming areas along the Mekong were inundated yesterday, as rains lashed the entire province.

The highest water level in the river that passes the province’s municipal area was measured at 11.27 metres, which is 1.73 metres below the critical level.

Residents in low-lying and riverside areas have been advised to move their belongings to higher ground and brace for possible flooding.

In Mukdahan province, many roads became impassable following a flash flood caused by rains. Many rice and rubber plantations were submerged and roads to several communities cut off. Provincial authorities said the water level in Mekong River reached a high of 11.44 metres, whereas the critical level is 12.5 metres.

Local officials and residents were on high alert for a second round of inundation, after more heavy rains yesterday.

The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy downpours in the North and Northeast for the rest of the month, covering as much as 80 per cent of the areas.

Meanwhile, authorities in Kanchanaburi province have warned of possible flooding in five districts as the province’s Vajiralongkorn Dam is holding record volumes of water.

Provincial governor Jirakiat Phumsawat sent an urgent letter to the chiefs of five districts – Muang, Thong Pha Phum, Sai Yok, Tha Muang and Tha Maka – likely to be affected by the large volumes of water being released from the dam.

The dam is holding 3,325 million cubic metres of water – the largest volume in 34 years. It is releasing 28 million cubic metres of water a day in order to maintain the appropriate volume of water in its reservoir, following continuous heavy rains, according to the governor’s letter.

Local officials maintained that the dam remained stable and safe.

Four major dams in the Central region – Bhumibol, Sirikit, Kwae Noi and Pasak Jalasid – are holding about 55 per cent of their combined capacity, according to the Royal Irrigation Department. Too much water released from those dams could affect Bangkok and the surrounding provinces.

Heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides in different areas of the country, including Kanchanaburi in the West and Nan in the North.

In Tak, a landslide partly damaged a house in Mae Sot district yesterday. All residents of the house were safe.

Earlier, landslides over the weekend in Nan’s Bo Kluea district resulted in eight deaths and shut down several roads.

The district chief ordered the evacuation of 33 remaining families from a valley village after a mudslide from a mountain buried four houses, killing eight villagers.

Nan Governor Paisal Wimonrat said yesterday resources had been mobilised, “but as of now, you still cannot use many roads”. Access to Bo Kluea was only possible via Pua district, he said.

Thailand’s neighbouring countries Myanmar and Laos have also been affected by heavy rains.

Heavy monsoon rains have pounded southeast Myanmar in recent days and show no signs of abating, raising fears that the worst might be yet to come. Floodwaters have forced thousands from their homes.

In Laos, a man was killed and two others injured when their truck loaded with provisions and donated items for Laotians affected by floodwaters plunged into a river in Savannakhet province.

The vehicle accident site was about 80 kilometres from Attapeu province, which was inundated last Monday after the collapse of a rockfilled saddle section of the Xe Pien-Xe Namnoy dam, releasing tonnes of water onto six nearby villages.

Rescue workers rushed to the accident scene and found debris from the truck about 50 metres below a road bridge.

They had to use ropes to abseil from the bridge to the truck below.

The injured passengers were raised from the truck by stretchers. They told rescuers that they were Laotians and had left Pakse in Champasak province to deliver things donated by Thai and foreign authorities to those affected by inundation in Attapeu when the accident happened.

One of them said the truck was taking a turn when its brakes appeared to malfunction. The vehicle then skidded off the road, hit the bridge’s rail and plunged into the river.
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Most provinces warned of heavy rain, floods, landslides

Fifty-nine of the country's 77 provinces have been warned to brace for floods, burst riverbanks, runoff and landslides as heavy rains are expected in upper Thailand on July 30-31.

Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief Chayaphol Thitisak said on Monday that heavy downpours recently hit several provinces in the North, the Northeast and the Central Plains. This might trigger overflowing, flooding and landslides in at-risk areas.

He ordered provincial disaster prevention and mitigation offices in 59 provinces across the country to brace for the natural disaster.

The provinces include 17 in the North (Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani), all 20 provinces in the Northeast,  eight in the Central region (Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat), and all 14 provinces in the South, said Mr Chayaphol.

The Meteorological Department on Monday warned that outbreaks of continuous rain and isolated heavy downpours are forecast in the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and the South on July 30-31.  People living in at-risk areas were told to watch for flash floods.

In its latest weather warning, the department said that lower pressure is covering Tonkia Bay and upper Vietnam while the strong southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf of Thailand.

Strong winds and high waves of 2-4 metres are expected in the Andaman Sea and 2-3 metres high in the upper Gulf. All ships should proceed with caution, while small boats should remain ashore. 

People living along the coast of the western South and the East should beware of strong winds during this period.

In Kalasin, floodwaters in several areas in Khao Wong and Na Khu districts rose by 30cm on Monday.

Excessive water runoff from Huay Yang stream in Sakon Nakhon coupled with continuous heavy downpours caused rising floodwaters in Khao Wong.

Lam Phayang reservoir and streams in Kalasin overflowed on Monday, sending a huge volume of water to flood farmland in Khao Wong and Na Khu districts.

Almost 2,000 rai of agricultural areas were inundated.

Kalasin governor Kaisorn Kongchalard said he has ordered all districts to closely monitor the situation at water sources in their areas and survey areas prone to flooding.

In Nakhon Phanom, residents of Na Kae district were asked to move their belongings and animals to higher ground as Nam Kam River, which receives water from Nong Han Lake, burst its banks.

Agricultural areas at Pak Bang village in tambon Piman of Na Kae district and 10 houses near the river were inundated. Some 200 houses would be at risk if rain did not stop.

Bancha Srichaluang, chairman of the tambon administration organisation in Piman, said he had ordered local leaders in all villages to warn local residents to move their belongings and animals to higher areas as the overflow from Nam Kam River might engulf their land.

In Sakon Nakhon, more than 7,300 rai of agricultural areas in several districts in this province were inundated due to heavy rain.

Suchote Kanchanakul, caretaker chief of Phon Na Kaeo district, said 50 houses in two villages in Phon Na Kaew district remained flooded.
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Re: Isaan in grip of severe floods - 41 provinces monitor levels
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2018, 02:03:04 PM »
41 provinces continue to monitor water levels in rivers

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has instructed local authorities in 41 provinces across Thailand to be ready to help people in cases of flooding and mudslides.

According to DDPM Director-General Chayapol Thitisak, local authorities have been told to monitor the amount of rain, water levels in the rivers and the areas surrounding the mountains as continuous rainfall could cause flooding and mudslides.

Fishermen have also been told to navigate the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea carefully due to rough seas. Provinces prone to flooding have been urged to set up an emergency team to provide assistance to those in need around the clock. Local residents should keep themselves updated on the weather forecast and flood warnings in order to stay safe.

In the North East of Thailand, the floods have begun to subside in Mukdahan, Amnat Chareon, Ubon Ratchathani and Sakon Nakhon. More than 160,000 rai of farmlands and 22 districts in these provinces combined have been submerged since the Mekong River began to overflow last week.

Meanwhile, the water level in the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province continues to rise, inundating two temples, nine homes and several roads.

Source NNT 2018-08-02
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Re: Swollen Mekong 75cm from banks
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2018, 12:12:02 PM »
Swollen Mekong 75cm from banks

The Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom continued to rise on Thursday due to Wednesday night's downpours, reducing the drainage offered by rising tributary canals, especially Lam Nam Kam and Lam Nam Bang, with over 130,000 rai of farmland already submerged.

As of 8am, the Mekong was measured at 12.25 metres, about 25cm beyond the critical point and was only 75cm from the banks.

The Thoranit Narumit floodgate, the last stop before Lam Nam Kam would pour into the Mekong, opened all its four gates but was not fast enough to drain floodwater.

Lam Na Kam has overflowed resulting in the flooding of many villages in Tambon Piman of Na Kae district and large areas of farmland.
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Re: Isaan in grip of severe floods - Red flags erected Yasothon
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2018, 12:06:46 PM »
Red flags erected along Chi River banks in Yasothon

Chi river

Yasothon authorities have erected red flags along the banks of the Chi River which runs through the province as a warning for residents to take precautions as the river has overflowed into low-lying areas and its tributaries.

Water in the river has continued to rise. The volume of water in the Yasothon Dam on Friday morning was 29 centemetres higher than yesterday.

Provincial authorities have been deployed to patrol along the banks of the Chi River to examine the strength of the embankments.

Aerial photos show the Chi River has overflowed into low-lying areas and its tributaries, prompting the authorities to have put up red flags along the river banks.
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Troops on alert as flood threat grows

Chalermchai says army ready for evacuations

Several thousand troops have been put on alert, ready to assist flood-hit areas, army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad said on Friday.

"Our 203 companies of troops are now on standby and ready to rush out of their bases every time incidents occur," he said, referring about 150 personnel in each company in provinces prone to flooding.

His plan was unveiled as officials in many areas are worried about imminent flooding amid the latest warnings from the Meteorological Department of more rainfall in almost all regions between Sunday and Monday.

Officials in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom, where the high level of the Mekong River is preventing drainage from connected rivers, have declared 10 of 12 districts flood-affected zones while all district chiefs in Kanchanaburi received an "urgent fax" from the deputy provincial governor warning of the need to prepare safe areas for residents in case evacuations are needed due to severe mudslides and flash floods.

"Work with other agencies and be ready to give help to people around the clock," the document read.

Military units have been told to work closely with provincial officials during these volatile situations, Gen Chalermchai said.

"I've told unit chiefs to visit areas under their supervision," the army chief said, adding this will best prepare them for rescues and, later, restoration.

Gen Chalermchai said northern and northeastern regions are among the areas where floods are most likely while, in the West, all eyes are on heavily soaked Kanchanaburi.

The westernmost province is at particular risk of mudslides on mountains following several days of downpours, deputy Kanchanaburi governor Bawonsak Wanit told district chiefs yesterday.

Last month torrential rain slammed the remote district of Sangkhla Buri leaving many residents stranded on the upper floors of their houses without food and water.

Sakon Nakhon officials are struggling to avoid such scenes in their province as they increased the discharge rate from the Nam Oun dam, which is currently five million cubic metres over capacity.

Another 15 kalaknam, or syphons, were installed at the reservoir, to increase drainage, Royal Irrigation Department chief Thongplew Kongjun said.

Water from the dam is being released into Oun and Songkhram rivers which will flow into the Mekong in Tha Uthen district, one of 10 flooded districts in Nakhon Phanom.

Run-off from Sakon Nakhon, along with massive amounts of water from nearby provinces as well as Chi, Yang and Siao rivers, has reached Roi Et, inundating five of its districts.

Up to 23,000 rai of farmland is under water, officials said.

"Floods usually recede in seven days and after another 13 days, things return to normal. But that will only occur when there are no additional deluges," said Sompong Chamkramon, chief of the Khon Kaen-based irrigation bureau's water management and maintenance division.

The situation in Kalasin is also under close watch as the daily discharge rate from Lam Pao rapidly increased the water level in the Phan River, triggering overflow into riverside communities and paddy fields in parts of Muang and Yang Talat districts.

At present, there are more than 20,000 residents in 10 provinces who are affected by floods, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chayaphon Thitisak said.

The Office of the National Water Resources will ask the government to drain water more quickly in almost all full dams in a bid to prepare them to cope with further rain.

"We have a golden period for next 10 days to discharge as much water as possible out of the dams before the next storm hits the country ... It is better than leaving the dams brimming and having no choice but to dump water en masse," said Mr Somkiat Prajamwong, secretary-general of the office.

He said the office and other water management agencies will hold a meeting early next week.

The Department of Royal Irrigation also reported that the water level in Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi is 95%, and at 83% for the Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi province.

The country also faced epic floods in 2011 ago after two major dams -- Bhumibhol and Sirikit -- overflowed and had to dump water downstream.
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Nine NE provinces still affected by flooding

Overflow from the Mekong River flooded several districts in Nakhon Phanom province on Saturday. (Photo by Pattanapong Sripiachai)

Nine provinces in the northeastern region are still affected by flooding as a result of heavy rain and overflow from the Mekong River, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chayapol Thitisak said on Sunday.

The nine provinces are Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Roi-et, Kalasin and Yasothon.

Hardest hit is Nakhon Phanom,where water from the Mekong River has inundated parts of 12 districts -- Muang, Renu Nakhon, Pla Pak, Tha Uthen, Phon Sawan, That Phanom, Ban Phaeng, Na Kae, Wang Yang, Si Songkhram, Na Wa and Nathom -- affecting 12,256 households with 26,898 people, along with 179,704 rai of farmland.

In nearby Mukdahan, parts of Dong Luang, Muang, Nikhom Kham Soi, Don Tan, Wan Yai, Nong Sung and Kham Cha-i districts have been flooded, affecting 11,443 households with 38,355 people and 28,582 rai of farmland.

In Ubon Ratchathani, Khemmarat, Pho Sai, Khong Chiam, Na Tan, Si Muang Mai and Khuang Nai,  districts adjacent to the Mekong river have been flooded, affecting 4,163 people and 4,835 rai of farmland.

In Amnat Charoen, overflow from the Mekong River has swamped portions of Muang, Senangkha Nikhom, Hua Taphan, Lue Amnat and Chanuman districts, affecting 1,922 people and 5,548 rai of agricultural land.

In Bung Kan, five districts by the Mekong River in Bung Kan province -- Muang, Bung Khla, Si Wilai, So Phisai and Pak Khat -- are partially underwater.

Also hit by flooding are six districts in Sakon Nakhon province, two in Roi-et, three in Kalasin and five in Yasothon. The floodwaters in these provinces are receding.

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