More bigger water pumps are to be installed in Nakhon Si Thammarat province to accelerate the draining of flood water, estimated at about 800 million cubic metres, out of Pak Phanang river basin to brace for another round of heavy rains starting January 20.
Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya said Thursday that the Pak Phanang river basin which covers Pak Phanang, Ronpibul, Chalerm Phrakiart, Chian Yai, Cha-uad and Hua Sai are still awash with about 800 million cubic metres of excess water which needs to be drained out quickly.
Chatchai Sarikalya, Agriculture Minister
The water pumps already installed by the Royal Irrigation Department were capable of draining a combined total of 162 cubic metres of water person which would not be able to drain the excess water fast enough before the arrival of another round of monsoon rains starting January 20.
The Royal Irrigation Department has been instructed by General Chatchai to coordinate with Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial administration to find more and bigger water pumps to be installed so that the excess water could be drained out of the basin in 7-10 days.
Draining water out of the basin into the sea is the top priority, said General Chatchai who, however, cautioned that officials concerned must, at the same time, keep the water in reserve to make sure that there won’t be water shortage during the dry season.
The agriculture minister said he had instructed 11 inspectors to be assigned to each of the flood-hit provinces to work out with provincial authorities on rehabilitation programmes to help farmers whose crops and livestocks have been affected by flooding.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)