Water drained out of Chao Phraya dam in anticipation of more rains

The Royal Irrigation Department is draining water out of the Chao Phraya dam in anticipation of more rains in the lower northern region and the Central Plains as a result of monsoon trough.

Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya said Friday that he had granted permission for the Royal Irrigation Department to drain out the water, but warned the department to assure people living downstream of Chao Phraya dam that they would be safe from flooding.

The minister said he was pretty sure that Bangkok and its peripherals would not be flooded this despite the increasing rains, noting that the existing dams in the North are still capable of storing more rains.

Besides, he added that several klongs in the central region have been drained to create more room to receive runoffs released from the Chao Phraya dam.

About 1,500 cubic metre of water per second is being drained from Chao Phraya dam, but Bangkok is capable of accommodating up to 3,800 cubic metre/second of water.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department said that monsoon trough is sweeping through lower northern region, central, northeastern and eastern regions from today until tomorrow and this will bring more rains.

The country’s four main dams are now holding a combined amount of 7,107 million cubic metre of usable water which are enough to allow farmers to plant second-crop rice.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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