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Farmers along Chee river banks told to quickly harvest and to evacuate as Ubonrat damn will increase releasing excess water tomorrow

Irrigation officials are now warning people living along the banks of Chee river in Khon Kaen, Nong Bua Lampoo and Maha Sarakham provinces to prepare for evacuation and farmers immediately harvest their rice crops as they will increase water discharge from the Ubonrat dam after water storage is now over the dam's capacity.

Currently farmers are suffering from the water discharge after it submerged their paddy fields which are now being harvested.

The warning was issued for the three provinces along the Chee river to get ready for rising water after more water is discharged.

The deputy governor of Khon Kaen province Mr Suwapong Kitipatpibul said now water stores in the Ubonrat reservoir is 2,471 million cubic metres or 101.65% which is over the storage capacity of the dam.

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He said if water discharge of 15 million cubic metres per day now is increased to 21 million cubic metres tomorrow, downstream residents along the river banks will be affected.

He instructed them to get ready to move their belongings to higher ground and monitor the water level closely.

Meanwhile Maha Sarakham authorities also told farmers doing farming along the Chee river to immediately harvest their rice crops before the water excess released from the dam will submerge their crops.

To be affected by the water discharge include Ubonrat, Nong Rua, Nong Nakham, Phra Yuen and Phuviang districts of Khon Kaen, Non Sang and Sriboonruang district of Nong Bua Lampoo, and Maha Sarakham.

Now farmers in some districts along the river bank have to use boats to harvest their crops and their farmlands have already been flooded by water discharge.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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