People living along the Chao Phraya River in seven provinces downstream from the Chao Phraya Dam were warned on Saturday to watch out for rising water, as dam authorities will have to release more water following days of heavy rain.
The warnings for Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Angthong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya and Lop Buri were issued by Suchart Charoensi, the director of the 12th Irrigation Office in Chai Nat.
Suchart said rains had continued from July 1 to 7 in upstream areas, prompting a lot of water to flow into the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat’s Sapphaya district.
He said on Saturday that water was flowing through the dam at the rate of 704 cubic metres per second and the rate was expected to rise to 800-850 cubic metres per second.
He said his office would manage the flow to ensure that the dam would not release more water until it reached the rate of 850 cubic metres per second. At this rate, the water downstream would rise by 60 to 80cm, he said.
The expected level would not affect residents downstream, but they should be prepared in case of emergency, he added.
(Source:-The Nation, Thailand)