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Eight Thai dams on ‘floodwatch’

The Mekong River is steadily dropping, but a ‘flood watch’ is on for some central north-eastern dams as well as two dams south of Bangkok. The Office of National Water Resources secretary-general Somkiat Prajumwong says the department is keeping a close watch on eight large-sized dams which are holding water at alarming levels. The eight dams are Nam Phung dam in Sakon Nakhon, Lam Pao dam in Kalasin, Chulabhorn dam in Chaiyaphum, Ubonrat dam in Khon Kaen, Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi, Pranburi dam in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nam Un dam in Sakon Nakhon and Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi. Thai PBS reports that water in both the Nam Un and Kaeng Krachan dams is now 103% of their holding capacities. Governors in respective provinces are now playing a central role in issuing flood warnings and launching relief operations. The water level in the Phetchaburi River at Muang district is still...

 

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