Mekong River bursts its banks in Mukdahan
The Mekong River in the northeastern border province of Mukdahan has burst its banks, allowing water to flow into riverside areas.
Before noon today, the water level at the Mukdahan hydrographic centre was measured 12.54 metres, 4 centimetres higher than the designated “maximum level” of 12.50m.
Shops on the basement floor of the Indochina Market by the Mekong River were inundated, forcing traders to move their mechandises to high grounds.
Mukdahan governor Paithoon Rakprathet said water discharged from Nam Ngum 5 Dam in Laos into the Mekong River in Nong Khai has increased the volume of water in the river.
Muang and Dong Luang districts have been declared flood disaster zones.
Col Boonsin Padklang, commander of the military peace-keeping force in Mukdahan, has deployed soldiers to help flood-hit people.
Four sections of the Phon Sawang-Na Lak road in Dong Luang district have been flooded and impassable to small vehicles. Military trucks have been sent to the spots to transport villagers to and from their home villages.