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Current flood situation not worrying – says deputy agriculture minister

The Agriculture Ministry is confident that the current flooding situation in several northern and central provinces is not worrying and will not lead to massive flooding in Bangkok like in 2011.

This was assured by Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Ms Chutima Bunyaprapatsorn yesterday.

She said the water situation in the main Chao Phraya River is normal as the water level remains below its banks.

She said although low-lying areas in four provinces of Sukhothai, Suphanburi, Lopburi and Saraburi are flooded, the Royal Irrigation Department disclosed that major dams across the country can take in more 34 billion cubic metres or about 45 per cent of the dams' total capacity as currently they hold 41 billion cubic metres of water.

This assured the current situation is not worrying and it will not cause a massive flood in the capital as it occurred in 2011.

Meanwhile in Suphanburi, the water level in the Thachin River has risen and overflowed into farmlands in four districts, including the provincial seat.

So far, about 5,000 rai of paddy fields are submerged while farmers are speeding up to pump water out to save their crops.

In Surin, heavy rain triggered run-off from the Phanom Dongrak mountain range to flow into the Huay Lampok reservoir in Srikoraphum district.

The water in the swollen reservoir has overflowed spillway. Vehicles are not allowed to pass the flooded area for the safety reason. Farmland in another district is reportedly inundated.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)