Royal Irrigation Department warns of 20 cm higher water level above Chao Phraya Dam today
Mr Dharongkorn Somton, Director of the Office of Royal Irrigation 12, revealed that following Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's order made at the recent meeting of water management officials, the Royal Irrigation Department has been assigned to control the amount of water flowing through the Chao Phraya Dam during the high tide period to protect the areas already flooded.
The Royal Irrigation Department has been instructed to keep the water level above the Chao Phraya Dam at +17.60 MSL (Mean Sea Level) during 26 - 30 October 2011. The procedure will cause the water level in the Chao Phraya River behind the dam to increase by 20 cm, after which the level will recede gradually. The effort will help protect the areas which were once flooded. Therefore, the residents along the course of the river are urged not to pull down the existing floodwalls including small earth dykes and sandbags, but to keep them at the same positions until the water level above the Chao Phraya Dam decreases to +16.50 MSL.
BANGKOK, 27 October 2011 (NNT) - Reporter : Boonyanut Chompan
News Date : 27 October 2011