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Seven provinces in Chao Phraya river basin warned of rising water level as dams are discharging water

Irrigation officials yesterday warned residents, temples and businesses by the banks of the Chao Phraya river in seven provinces to monitor the the water level closely and get ready for evacuation as they will be discharging more water from dams to make rooms for storing water during the coming rainy season.

The warning by the Chai Nat Irrigation Office 12 was sent to governors of seven provinces located on the Chao Phraya river basin. They are Chai Nat, Uthai Thani, Singburi, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya and Lopburi.

The office instructed that the agencies concerned and residents who live along Chao Phraya river bank be prepared for the water situation and closely monitor the water level.

It said that it was necessary to discharge water from the Chao Phraya Dam to 700 cubic metres per second to lower the water volume so the dam could have more space to receive more water as heavy rain was forecast in the lower Northern region and upper Central region this weekend.

The heavy rain would eventually increase the water level of Chao Phraya river.

Meanwhile heavy rains in several parts of the country has raised the water levels in many rivers.

In Chiang Rai, water level was quickly increased particularly Mae Phuea river, the branch of Kok river which overflow to flood the more than 50 homes in Pa Sang subdistict of Wiang Chiang Rung.

Some areas, the floodwater have reached 50 centimetre high.

The provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office has warned the people who lived near the slope of the hills and near the waterways to be prepared for possible flash flood and mud slides.

Rain also hit and flooded several areas in Chiang Mai.

Heavy rain which continued for many hours in the city of Chiang Mai has caused flood in the communities and roads including Suriyawong road which was under 30-50 centimetre of water.

At Si Ping Muang community which was the lower ground was hit with flood. The road was inundated for 300 metres long. The roadside houses and shops have use the chairs and metal barriers as signs to urged the motorists to slow down the speed when driving on the flooded road.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)