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Flood warning for Nakhon Ratchasima and southern provinces


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By Erich Parpart

 

Nakhon Ratchasima is at risk of more flooding as the Lam Takhong dam is discharging water in preparation for more rain this week, officials said Monday.  

 

Nakhon Ratchasima’s centre for disaster prevention and mitigation issued flood warnings for eleven districts.

 

They said the dam, which already overflowed last week, is currently at 105 per cent capacity due to heavy rainfall.

 

Full story: https://www.thaienquirer.com/34296/flood-warning-for-nakhon-ratchasima-and-southern-provinces/

 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Nakhon Ratchasima is at risk of more flooding as the Lam Takhong dam is discharging water in preparation for more rain this week, officials said Monday.

At 105% level now one would have thought a little proactive discharging before the rains came... they were well foretasted.

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Flood mismanagement is to blame, but could flooding possibly have been avoided?

If all dams were nearly empty before the start of the rainy season, it would be possible to manage the water level properly. But the responsible are always afraid that, in case of less than average rainfall, this could mean, that there maybe would not be enough water for farming and consumption. So they will instead keep as much water as possible in the dams, before the start of the rainy season. Thailand seems to be farming much more rice, than they can consume and sell with a reasonable profit, so maybe flood protection should be prioritized, rather than farming as much rice as possible? 

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2 hours ago, Xonax said:

Flood mismanagement is to blame, but could flooding possibly have been avoided?

If all dams were nearly empty before the start of the rainy season, it would be possible to manage the water level properly. But the responsible are always afraid that, in case of less than average rainfall, this could mean, that there maybe would not be enough water for farming and consumption. So they will instead keep as much water as possible in the dams, before the start of the rainy season. Thailand seems to be farming much more rice, than they can consume and sell with a reasonable profit, so maybe flood protection should be prioritized, rather than farming as much rice as possible? 

Difficult call

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