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King advises improvement and reinforcement of old dams in Northeast

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has advised the Royal Irrigation Department to quickly improve and reinforce over 20 old dams in the northeastern provinces to be in stable condition to prevent damages from bursting.

The royal advice came after the Huey Sai Khamin dam burst when the Sonca tropical storm hit the country last year, causing massive floodings in the Northeast.

According to the director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department Mr Thongplaew Kongchan, the Huey Sai Khamin dam has been fixed and reinforced and will be able to withstand the next monsoon season.

He said following this incident, His Majesty the King has advised that over 20 old dams in the Northeast should be quickly improved and reinforced to enable efficient water management.

He said these 20 old dams are mostly in Sakhon Nakhon and some have been in use for a very long time.

He said some are under the care of the department, and some under the local administration organisations to look after.

Irrigation officials are now inspecting these dams for maintenance and reinforcement in respect to their urgency.

He assured however that it didn't mean that these dams would be at risk of bursting if they were not repaired or improved as the department has measures to keep them stable and strong enough for water storages.

He expected to have the full list of these dams soon.

Huey Sai Khamin dam was built 60 years ago with storage capacity of 2.66 million cubic metre of water.

But when Sonca storm hit the province, the dam took in over 3.5 million cubic of water, thus causing it's spillway to break and caused massive flooding in Sakhon Nakhon province in July last year.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)