Residents in Thailand’s western provinces have been urged to move to higher ground as dams in the region are rapidly filling up due to unrelenting rains.
The provinces of Phetchaburi, Kanchanaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan are bracing for floods, as the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) issued a warning that many nearby dams were at bursting point.
The Phetchaburi Irrigation Department said that heavy rains have seen the Kaeng Krachan Dam reach 99.7 percent of its capacity.
Water being discharged from the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi pic.twitter.com/XqTZsiL94T
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Five districts downstream have been warned of imminent flooding, with more torrential rains in the forecast.
The army has been deployed to assist with the defence of residents’ homes, as well as evacuate people to higher ground.
The army has deployed personnel and equipment to Phetchaburi in preparation for flooding in the provincial seat tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/l0KNDGxsnk
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Ben Petcharapiracht, a Phetchaburi resident, said people in the province were worried about the situation and actively preparing their homes for the expected flooding.
“Phetchaburi has experienced flooding three years in a row, which is very strange. But the people are most concerned about the period of this flood, as it is the first time I have heard the dam getting full, especially with three more months of rains to endure,” he said.