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PM instructs urgent help for flood victims

Posted by Nuttapon_S On October - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

BANGKOK, Oct 6 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today expressed concern over the flood situation in Prachin Buri and Chai Nat provinces and instructed concerned agencies to quickly provide help for flood victims.

The premier made remarks before she left Bangkok for Bali, Indonesia to attend the APEC 2013 summit that she has assigned Deputy Premier Plodprasob Surasawadee, as chairman of the Flood and Water Management Commission, to coordinate with Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department to urgently provide help to flood victims.

She expressed confidence that this year’s amount of water is not as much as in 2011 when the country faced its worst flooding in recent history.

She noted that only some areas, such as Prachin Buri’s Kabin Buri district, received a large amount of water resulting from rainfall.

For the Chai Nat’s floods, the premier said she has instructed the governor to inspect damages in affected areas and provide assistance to the victim.

However, the premier pointed out that the areas which have been affected by water released from Pasak Chonlasit Dam is quite worrying and that she asked relevant agencies to closely monitor the situation.

The Royal Irrigation Department is also monitoring the flood situation and the amount of water in large dams. The agency will work with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on water release plan in case of any emergency.

Meanwhile, heavy overnight rains has caused forest runoff in the northern province of Lampang this morning, and 150 houses in seven villages of the provincial seat were inundated up to one to two metres deep. Many of them failed to move their belongings to higher ground in time, and a rice mill was also damaged as about 100 tonnes of paddy and sticky rice were under floodwater.

The Meteorological Department announced today that there is an active low pressure over the upper Gulf of Thailand near Prachuap Kiri Khan, and expected it will make landfall tomorrow. A stronger southwest monsoon is prevailing over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, so torrential rain, as well as isolated heavy to very heavy rain, is likely over the areas. Locals should beware of severe weather during 6-8 October in provinces including Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang-nga and Phuket.

During 7-11 October, another high pressure system from China will cover the upper North, leading to a drop in temperature and cool weather in the morning in the area, starting in the Northeast. (MCOT online news)

Chao Praya River boat services warned of strong tides

Posted by Nuttapon_S On September - 26 - 2013 1 COMMENT
AYUTTHAYA, Sept 26 – Boat operators on the Chao Phraya River have been warned to take extra precaution when cruising in the Chao Phraya River to avoid any accidents caused by fast-moving water runoff from the North.
Surachet Chaikosol, an advisor to the transport minister, said Thursday that the volume of runoff from the North flowing through the Chao Phraya River system will tend to be most harmful, particularly at Bang Ban district and the outskirts of Ayutthaya due to narrow embankments and sharp curves. The river condition caused the wreck of a barge carrying soil yesterday, though no one was harmed in the accident.
Mr Surachet, a former Ayutthaya MP, said he had cooperated with relevant agencies to warn barge and tugboat operators to take precautions while cruising in the river and that security should be increased at the piers, ferries and chartered boat services around Ayutthaya.
Marine Department Ayutthaya office chief Rachata Pakafung said after checking waterflow status that Wat Panan Choeng, where the Chao Phraya and Pa Sak Rivers meet, is the area most prone to accidents.
One large barge can carry goods equivalent to 400 trucks, while four barges are towed in a line when sailing, he said. They usually carry coal from the Gulf of Thailand and sail again on the currents of the Chao Phraya River to a port in Nakhon Luang district to the Pa Sak River.
Five motorships with high horse power are needed to tow the barges against the current as well as other motorships to sail alongside and behind the barges to improve ability to safely control the barge line and prepare for assistance for unlikely incidents. (MCOT online news)
CHIANG RAI, Sept 26 — A specialised research study is planned to develop a newly found rice strain which grew more than three metres tall, to weather floods in low-lying areas in the central region which are repeatedly hit by flood.
Worayan Boonnaraj, Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang district chief, led agricultural experts to inspect a giant rice plant variety found on the property of Kingthong Ngarnpairotesakul in Mae Salong Nai subdistrict.
One rice tiller from one seed was comprised of 81 rice stems 310 centimetres tall.
The stem, leaves, and ears of grain were complete and appeared healthy.
Mr Worayan said he would coordinate with the Department of Agriculture to take the seed grains from the unusual rice tiller for further research.
If the tests result in a good tasting quality of rice, it should be produced to distribute to farmers in the central region to grow as the 3 metre high stem could hold its head up, so to speak, above the flood.
An agricultural expert said the rice tiller grew from only one grain but the stems and the earsits ear of grains were healthy. It was believed that it was the mixed strains of rice which has made the stem reach 3 metre high while normal rice would be 250 centimetres tall.
Its height is outstanding, making it seem that it could answer the needs of rice farmers for a rice variety that could resist flooding. (MCOT online news)

27 Thai provinces now flooded nationwide

Posted by Nuttapon_S On September - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
BANGKOK, Sept 25 – Twenty-seven provinces nationwide are now under floodwater while communities and farming areas located outside flood prevention dykes may be affected as concerned agencies speed up releasing water from the Chao Phraya Dam to handle incoming storms.
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director general Chatchai Promlert said since September 17, some 1.79 million people have been affected by the flooding. The flood-hit provinces include nine in Northeast, six in the North, four in the central region, four in the East and one in the South.
Among them, 22 provinces have been inundated from forest runoff and waterlogging while three provinces — Ayutthaya, Angthong and Suphan Buri were flooded by water spilling over the river banks.
Flooding in Chumphon and Kanchaburi has eased, he said.
Mr Chatchai said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra instructed concerned agencies to work together and that the governors must closely monitor the situation as well as set up an operations command centre.
He said the premier emphasised the need for coherent management of water release operations in upstream areas to the downstream with the amount of rainfall and tidal action should be considered.
For flood-relief mission, Mr Chatchai said the premier urged related officials to conduct full and immediate operations to help the victims.
Information on the flood situation must also be announced to local residents to create better understanding and prevent them from obstructing authorities’ operations.
Mr Chatchai added there will be monsoon over the lower North, upper Central and Northeast between September 25-28, resulting in heavy rains.
As the regions have also been flooded, the Royal Irrigation Department must speed up releasing water from Chao Phraya Dam in order to open capacity for the upcoming rainfall.
He said communities and farmland which are located outside flood prevention dykes will be affected.
The director-general however gave assurances that this year’s flooding will not be as severe as that of two years ago. Only some areas will be affected by increased rainfall and high tide. (MCOT online news)