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14 Isan provinces submerged
« on: October 19, 2011, 09:51:10 AM »
14 Isan provinces submerged

The overflowing Moon River has left 14 out of 20 provinces in the Northeast under water.

A race against tide
Workers rush to stack sandbags to keep rising water from flooding the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand’s power station on the bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bang Kruai district of Nonthaburi yesterday.

Lt Gen Thawatchai Samutsakorn, commander of the 2nd Army Region who is responsible for the northeastern region, said the 14 provinces included major trade and tourist hubs, namely Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Roi Et, Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen.

However, he said the flood situation in those provinces was not as bad as in the Central Plains and northern provinces.

Lt Gen Thawatchai said the 2nd Army is fully prepared to carry out flood relief operations in those provinces if necessary. The unit has enough personnel and supplies, he said.

Among the flood-hit provinces, Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima was most critical after the left wing of the Phimai dam in the district subsided.

The subsidence left an 8-metre-wide and 4-metre-deep chasm in the dam. While officers tried to close the fissure, the dam had to discharge water from its reservoir. The water discharge rate was 199.23 cubic metres per second. It took the dam officers about three hours to fix the breach.

Kitikun Sephaseeraphon, the director of the Thung Samrit Water Supply and Maintenance Project in Phimai district, said water levels in the Moon River are expected to rise over the next few days. This will lead the water level in the Phimai dam reservoir to rise by about 20cm.

In Non Sung district of Nakhon Ratchasima, floods hit about 200 houses and damaged thousands of rai of farmland. Tambon administrative bodies in the district issued a warning for local residents to move their belongings to upper floors and prepare to evacuate.

The 8th Irrigation Office in Nakhon Ratchasima said the water levels of four main reservoirs in the province have exceeded their capacities.

These reservoirs are Lam Takhong in Sikhiu district, Lam Phraphloeng in Pak Thongchai district and Lam Moon Bon and Lam Chae in Khon Buri district. Meanwhile, water in Lam Takhong, Chakkarat and Lam Chiangkrai river basins has already overflown into nearby residential areas.

Many communities in those river basins have encountered a shortage of sandbags. They need the sandbags to build up floodwalls along local roads.

The 8th Irrigation Office encouraged relevant authorities and non-government organisations to distribute sandbags to the flood-affected residents.

In Surin province, a man drowned while he went fishing in a local creek where the water current was strong.

Suthep Khongthong, 25, drowned in Sen creek in Surin's Si Narong district.

Water runoff from Sen creek has also flooded communities in Si Narong district. The flood levels were between 50cm and 1m.

Surin province has declared nine districts as flood disaster areas with 14,000 households affected. They are Muang, Samrong Thap, Tha Tum, Chumphon Buri, Rattanaburi, Chom Phra, Sangkha, Kap Choeng and Si Narong districts.

Bangkok Post