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ONWR says rainy season coming to an end despite reports of flooding

 

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MAE HONG SON, 4 October 2018 (NNT) – The assessment of the National Water Resources (ONWR) office, is that rainfall is now easing in the country, and that close management of Bhumibol and Sirikit dams is needed to ensure that water supplies last through the dry season. 

Despite the official outlook, heavy rain in Mae Hong Son has resulted in flooding in Mae Sariang district affecting households as well as farmland. The district chief has ordered a damage evaluation be carried out so that further assistance can be requested from the provincial administration. 

In Phuket province, a landslide triggered by run off has cut Patong-Kamala road and flood waters have eroded streets and the access to two bridges in the area. Heavy machinery has had to be employed to clear travel routes in and around the location, with Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat ordering an urgent assessment so aid can be provided. 

Meanwhile, ONWR Secretary-General Somkiat Prajamwong says that careful management of water in the Chao Phraya River Basin, including management of Bhumibol and Sirikit dams, is needed at this time as the rainy season is expected to end around October 15. Both dams have been ordered to store as much water as possible in preparation for the drought season.

 
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4 minutes ago, Darcula said:

They can't be wrong. There's 5 of them wearing uniforms with decorations.

I bet none of them can swim though. If the job goes tits up, they'll all be sunk without trace.

 

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17 minutes ago, webfact said:

Despite the official outlook, heavy rain in Mae Hong Son has resulted in flooding in Mae Sariang district affecting households as well as farmland.

again, officials calming the public that something wont happen even while it has and is happening;  i am concerned as they look concerned instead of confident

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13 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

again, officials calming the public that something wont happen even while it has and is happening;  i am concerned as they look concerned instead of confident

Yet I who was flooded in 2011 know that this year is not as bad around here as in 2011. So all those doom and gloom predictions before about BKK getting flooded.. hog wash. 

 

The problem is that the rain is falling in a different pattern as before, so not all dams are as efficient. They need to solve that problem but at leas the government has not let 2011 happen again.

 

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13 minutes ago, robblok said:

at leas the government has not let 2011 happen again.

I think it's unclear that anything the government has or hasn't done has achieved anything in this regard!

 

Just a matter of Weather, and whether it rained enough here or there or somewhere else ... And yes, the patterns do seem to be shifting. The last couple of years in south Surin the rains have started earlier & earlier - now early April - giving the impression of a Big Wet, but then it fades in the straight ...

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5 minutes ago, mfd101 said:

I think it's unclear that anything the government has or hasn't done has achieved anything in this regard!

 

Just a matter of Weather, and whether it rained enough here or there or somewhere else ... And yes, the patterns do seem to be shifting. The last couple of years in south Surin the rains have started earlier & earlier - now early April - giving the impression of a Big Wet, but then it fades in the straight ...

They have increased the storage facilities of water in Ayuttaya that directly affects BKK so yes the government has done something (not enough IMHO). 

 

I think a lot more can be done for water management but because they must both preserve water and prevent flooding (2 opposing goals) they get it wrong more often then when they were to follow one goal.  Of course if they did that they would have people complaining too.

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Well, there's no perfect answer to anything in this life, but it's hard to take seriously people in authority (eg the BKK metropolitan mob) who announce in the middle of June - as the rains are pouring down - that people should be getting on with clearing the khlongs as the monsoon will be here soon ...

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Would agree more or less seems to be over here in Phetchabun province,even during the last warning hardly a drop,of course could still get the odd downpour remember few years back,when living with ex wife,had 129 mm in about and hour and a half,in November.

  Shame really enjoyed the cloudy skies and cooler temps,been very hot last few days here.

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What should be of more concern is the upcoming drought.  Think the air was bad in the North last year?  I bet we haven't seen anything yet. 

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Yes, different rainfall patterns this year and last year than previously. Where we are,  rain wouldn't really start until late May and our ponds used to only fill up by end of August or september, and some rain in October. Now rain starts in mid April and ponds full by end of July, but rain ends a little bit earlier (starts declining in September, used to be wettest month).

 

Last year water levels were the highest i have seen in 8 years, needed rubber boots to walk around the pond banks as water was up to 20 cm deep over them! Makes it hard to understand why a 100 miles south some here say still drought ...   Is it just an anomaly or is something changing?

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