ONWR notifies Mekong neighbours of potential flash flooding

As Thailand braces for extreme weather and potential flash floods, the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has issued an pressing communication to the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) and neighbouring nations in the Lower Mekong River Basin, together with China. The ONWR urges careful administration of water level discharges within the area to prevent 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 lower 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 throughout the north and northeast of Thailand. Thus, a surge in water levels in the Mekong River is anticipated from Thursday through to next Tuesday.
In response to this impending menace, the NWCC initially prompted residents in eight provinces skirting the Mekong River to organize for doubtless flash floods, reported Bangkok Post.
Following this cautionary measure, the ONWR disseminated a notice to the MRCS, informing member nations similar to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam of the most recent water situational report. They urged swift motion to forestall emergency circumstances arising from extreme flooding, as Surasri warned.
He further added that the ONWR has likewise approached Laos and China, reiterating the call to control discharge charges from dams along the Mekong River cautiously to thwart potential flood conditions.
Surasri assured that present water ranges, as reported by water stations throughout the Mekong River in areas together with 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 observe the water state of affairs intently. They are working along side local companies to lend necessary help to individuals living close to the main waterway.
The current climate forecast warns of heavy rainfall expected to trigger landslides and flash floods throughout sixteen provinces from right now through to Friday.
On Thursday, he noted the provinces of Trat, Mukdahan, Trang, Kanchanaburi, Nan and Lop Buri have already been impacted by heavy rains.
Surasri also flagged Proven for flash floods and mudslides in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Nan, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Satun and Trang from today till Friday..

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