BANGKOK, 31st August 2017 (NNT) - The Mekong River in Nong Khai province has reportedly overflowed into local farmland, while a large portion of Ang Thong province is under water due to the higher discharge rate of the Chao Phraya Dam.
Nong Khai's Provincial Hydrology Survey Center reports that the Mekong River has continued to rise at a rapid rate. It last recorded a height of 8.64 meters, an increase of 46 centimeters from the previous day. According to the center, the higher levels have slowed water flow in tributary rivers, flooding two sub-districts.
Meanwhile, the Chao Phraya Dam adjusted its discharge rate to 1,498 cubic meters per second, flooding 231 homes across two subdistricts in Ang Thong. Wiset Chai Chan district also reported that 512 homes were inundated due to the dam's water release. Authorities estimate that as much as 7,491 rai of farmland has been affected.
Director of the 12th Irrigation Office in Chai Nat province Suchat Charoensri revealed his office won't raise the discharge rate of the Chao Phraya Dam between now and September 15th, after previously increasing it by 440 cubic meter per second. After September 15th, the dam will release water into Makhamthao-U Thong and Chainat-Pasak Canals at 600 cubic meters per second. The back end of the dam will maintain its discharge rate between 1,500 and 2,000 cubic meters per second.
Meanwhile in Ayutthaya province, water pumps are being installed in two districts to allow farmers to harvest their undamaged crops.