Water volume in Kaeng Krachan dam likely to peak tomorrow

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PHETCHABURI, Aug 9 (TNA) – The water volume in Kaeng Krachan reservoir will peak tomorrow but the flooding is manageable, said Director-General of the Royal Irrigation Department, Thongplew Kongjun.

The engineering model for flood forecasting showed that the water level in Kaeng Krachan dam will peak tomorrow and the water outflow rate will reach 210 cubic metres per second.

The department plans to water drainage and diversion into the irrigation canals to avert flooding in Baan Lat and Tha Yang districts, so the torrent of water will not burst its banks.

However, the Phachaburi River, passing the provincial seat is narrow and can receive water 150 cubic metres per second.

On Sunday (Aug 12), the swelling river will overflow its banks and flood low-lying areas about 30-50 cm.

Meanwhile, he is confident that flooding in Phetcheburi municipality will not be as severe as those in the past two years because the department has prepared draining water in advance.

The floodwater will flow to low-lying Baan Laem district, which will be submerged under 50-80 cm deep water before flowing into the sea. (TNA)