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The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) yesterday issued flood alert for all its irrigation officials in flood-prone areas to prepare for possible flooding as a tropical storm is approaching Vietnam and it will have widespread impact on Thailand’s northern and northeastern regions from tomorrow.
RID director-general Thongplaew Kongchan said remote sensing images received by RID’s Smart Water Operation Centre (SWOC) from the Himawari satellite at 6.00pm yesterday showed that the “Pakhar”tropical storm is moving 20-kilometres westerly towards Hainan Island and upper Vietnam during August 27-28.
He said as the storm moves closer on land, more rains are expected in Thailand’s northern and northeastern regions, with heavy rains in some areas.
He said the satellite images also showed increased rains from today in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Sukhothai, Kampaengphet, Uthaithani, Phetchabun, Nong Bua Lampoo, Udonthani, Sakhon Nakhon, Bung Karn, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Sisaket, Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothorn, Amnart Charoen, Prachinburi, Srakaeo, Pathumthani, Bangkok, Samut Prakarn, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
As Pakhar is approaching, the RID has now issued flood alert for all irrigation officials at dam and reservoir sites in flood-prone to get ready and monitor the water level closely.
They were instructed to check all irrigation facilities to make sure that they can handle water management system properly and efficiently.
For flood-prone areas, they were ordered to install water pumps and other heavy machinery to cope with water.
And in case of flood overflow in main rivers, they were ordered to report to provincial.givernors in each respective province and other disaster relief agencies and get themselves prepared to assist people affected by floods.
Source: The Royal Irrigation Department