Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed authorities concerned to brace for possible flooding in the Chao Phraya river basin during October 12-14 when heavy rain induced by an anticipated storm is to lash the upper region of the country, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Tuesday.
The Meteorological Department has forecast that, during October 12-14, a storm which was shaping up in Vietnam would move through upper Thailand and this would cause heavy rain in the lower part of the North and upper Northeast.
To brace for more heavy rain, the Irrigation Department has started discharging more water downstream from major dams such as Chao Phraya, Pasak Cholasit and Ubonrat and this will increase water level in areas outside floodwalls in Ayutthaya.
Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya said that major dams in the country are now 79 percent full, but because of the risk from storms, he had instructed authorities concerned to drain more water downstream from the dams in order to increase more space in the dams to store more rainwater.
He said water from the major dams had been drained into 12 open fields which are now 70 percent filled up and still have the remaining capacity to store more water.
Hopefully, this prediction will be as accurate as the last one !