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Three Korat dams full to capacity in Thailand

Thai workers, some carrying children, cross the Sungai Kolok River in Narathiwat, returning home illegally from Malaysia, and are taken into military custody. (Photo: Waedao Harai). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Nov 2, 2020, Bangkok Post. With flooding still rife in many parts of the province, three major dams already full and more rain expected, any discharge must be carefully managed to prevent further damage, governor Wichian Chantaranothai said on Monday, Bangkok Post reported.

On Monday, Lam Takhong Dam in Si Khiu district was holding 360 million cubic metres of water, 114% of its design capacity; Lam Phra Phloeng Dam in Pak Thong Chai district 173 million cubic metres, 111%; and Lam Moon Bon in Khon Buri district 142 million cubic metres, 100%.

Mr Wichian said all dams must be very careful when discharging water. There was a risk that current flooding in areas below the dams could be worsened without proper management.

People living downstream should stay alert. Tropical storm Goni was heading for Vietnam and could bring more heavy rain to the region, he said.

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