ONWR notifies Mekong neighbours of potential flash flooding

As Thailand braces for severe climate and potential flash floods, the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has issued an urgent communication to the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) and neighbouring nations within the Lower Mekong River Basin, together with China. The ONWR urges careful management of water level discharges within the area to forestall damaging floods.
Yesterday, Surasri Kidtimonton, the ONWR’s Secretary-General and Deputy Director of the National Water Command Centre (NWCC), reported that fixed heavy rains in the decrease basin have already spawned flash floods within the Bolikhamxay province of Laos.
The extreme climate stems from a low-pressure trough spanning southern China and northern Vietnam, dumping copious rainfall across the north and northeast of Thailand. Thus, a surge in water levels in the Mekong River is anticipated from Thursday via to subsequent Tuesday.
In response to this impending threat, the NWCC initially prompted residents in eight provinces skirting the Mekong River to arrange for likely flash floods, reported Bangkok Post.
Following this cautionary measure, the ONWR disseminated a discover to the MRCS, informing member nations corresponding to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam of the latest water situational report. They urged swift action to forestall emergency circumstances arising from excessive flooding, as Surasri warned.
He further added that the ONWR has likewise approached Laos and China, reiterating the call to regulate discharge charges from dams alongside the Mekong River cautiously to thwart potential flood conditions.
Surasri assured that present water ranges, as reported by water stations across the Mekong River in areas including Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, and Ubon Ratchathani, remain manageable till now.
In the face of the looming emergency, representatives from the ONWR Region three have been assigned to watch the water scenario intently. They are working at the side of local businesses to lend needed assistance to people living near the most important waterway.
Now warns of heavy rainfall anticipated to trigger landslides and flash floods across 16 provinces from right now via to Friday.
On Thursday, he noted the provinces of Trat, Mukdahan, Trang, Kanchanaburi, Nan and Lop Buri have already been impacted by heavy rains..

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