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 pressing communication to the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) and neighbouring nations in the Lower Mekong River Basin, together with China. The ONWR urges cautious management 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 decrease basin have already spawned flash floods in the Bolikhamxay province of Laos.
The extreme weather 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 within the Mekong River is anticipated from Thursday through to next Tuesday.
In Shocking to this impending risk, 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 similar to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam of the newest water situational report. They urged swift action to stop 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 rates from dams alongside the Mekong River cautiously to thwart potential flood situations.
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, stay manageable till now.
In the face of the looming emergency, representatives from the ONWR Region three have been assigned to monitor the water state of affairs intently. They are working in conjunction with local agencies to lend essential help to individuals residing near the major waterway.
The present climate forecast warns of heavy rainfall anticipated to set off landslides and flash floods throughout 16 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 additionally flagged the potential 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 at present until Friday..

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