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More water is discharged downstream through Chao Phraya and Pasak Cholasit dams

People living downstream of the Chao Phraya dam in Chainat province have been warned to brace for increasing level of water in the Chao Phraya river which is anticipated to rise by about 20 cm as irrigation officials are speeding up the discharge of water downstream via the dam.

Meanwhile, irrigation officials in charge of the Pasak Cholasit dam in Lop Buri have increased the discharge of water from the dam to 500 cubic metre/second from 460 cubic metre/second or 43 million cubic metres a day in anticipation of more runoffs pouring into dam as a result of continuing heavy rains in the northern region.

The increased outflow of water from Chao Phraya dam in order to cope with additional inflow of runoffs because of the looming low pressure trough is expected to push up the water level of the river from Sappaya district of Chainat all the way downstream through Sing Buri's Prom Buri district, Ang Thong's Pa Moke district and Ayutthaya's Sena district by another 20 cm.

Residents living along both sides of the Chao Phraya river and connecting klongs have been told to watch out for rising water level and to keep abreast with announcements from the officials.

Mr Atthaporn Panyachome, director of irrigation office 10 in Lop Buri, heavy rains in the Pasak river basin and northward of the Pasak Cholasit dam, have increased the inflow of runoffs to the dam to about 57 million cubic metre a day or 667.54 cubic metre/second.

The dam which has the capacity to store 960 million cubic metres of water is now 90 percent full.

Mr Atthaporn warned people living downstream the dam in Pattana Nikhom district of Lop Buri, Saraburi and Ayuttaya to move their valuables to higher ground as a precaution.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)