11 July 2024

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to visit Phetchaburi on Wednesday as excess water began to overflow the spillway of Kaeng Krachan dam into the Phetchaburi river at about 10 am this morning.  The water runoff is expected to arrive at the Phetchaburi dam in Tha Yang district tonight, according to the Crisis Ad Hoc Centre.

The water runoff will flow along the Phetchaburi river across Tha Yang and Ban Lat districts before reaching the municipal area of Phetchaburi’s Muang district estimated at about 10 pmn Tuesday night.

The centre predicted that areas in the municipal area will come under water about 25-30 cm deep and the runoff will flow further downstream to Ban Laem district where the Royal Thai Navy has already deployed 20 water-pushing boats to speed up the water drainage from the river into the sea.

In Ban Laem district, workers employed by Bangkaew Tambon Administration Organization have removed water-borne vegetation from Klong D 25 which will be used as an additional channel to drain water into the sea.

Ban Laem district chief Mr Sritham Rachkaew said that the klong has the capacity to drain about 50 cubic metre/second of water into the sea which will, anyhow, reduce the volume of flood water in Ban Laem district.

Thai PBS reported that Gen Prayut will visit Phetchuburi on Wednesday to observe the water situation. He also reportedly has plans to travel to Nakhon Phanom, Muk Daharn and Bueng Kan provinces which are being threatened with floods.