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Ten Nakhon Ratchasima districts on alert for flooding as dam nears overflow point

Oct 19. 2020
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By THE NATION

The chiefs of 10 districts in Nakhon Ratchasima province have been told to issue urgent warnings to local people to beware of floods, as continuous rains could cause water in the Lam Ta Khong dam, which is now at 96.43 per cent of its capacity, to overflow.

Governor Wichian Chantharanothai on Sunday evening dispatched the urgent letters to the district chiefs.

The 10 districts are: Sikhio, Sung Noen, Kham Thale So, Muang, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Non Thai, Non Sung, Phimai, Chum Phuang and Lam Thamenchai.

“District chiefs must urge people living near banks of rivers connected to the dam, including Boriboon River, Cherng Krai River, Moon River, as well as the basins near these rivers, to prepare for evacuation in case of flash floods, as well as move their belongings to higher ground,” said the letter.

“Furthermore, district chiefs must prepare shelters for evacuees and provide updates on the rain and water situation to local communities using mobile public relations vehicles.”

Rescue staff are also urged to prepare their equipment and stand by for dispatch 24/7.

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