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MORE THAN 112,800 families in 17 provinces are still affected by floods, the director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Chayapol Thitisak, said yesterday.
Faster draining of floodwaters will require government agencies to cooperate, Chayapol told a press conference. The death toll stands at 10 so far, he said, and 20 families had to be evacuated from their flooded homes. He said 23 provinces were flooded under the influence of a low-pressure system and monsoon conditions, with the Chao Phraya River overflowing from October 10 to 28.
The department’s latest survey found 125,347 families in 2,785 villages and 42 communities from 473 tambons in 78 districts of the 17 provinces were still affected by flooding. The director general said the affected provinces were grouped by river basins as follows: Yom River basin -– Sukhothai; Nan River basin – Phichit; Chao Phraya River basin – Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Ayutthaya, Ang Thong and Pathum Thani; Tha Chin River basin – Chainat and Suphan Buri; Chi River basin – Nong Bua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham, Kalasin and Roi Et; Mool River basin – Ubon Ratchathani. The Royal Irrigation Department, meanwhile, reiterated that it would not increases the release of excessive water from the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat, the key run-off dam regulating water flows in the Chao Phraya Basin.
Thongplew Kongchan, the RID’s deputy chief, said as of yesterday, the river flow upstream of the dam in Nakhon Sawan was 2,910 cubic metres per second, resulting in the water discharge from the dam remaining stable at around 2,600 cubic metres per second.
Water discharges to designated water-retention areas on the western and eastern side of the river were decreased as well.