El Nino lowers Chao Phraya levels, predicted rain in 16 Thai provinces

Thailand’s National Water Command Centre (NWCC) issued warnings relating to severe rainfalls predicted in sixteen provinces, at the same time as water ranges across the Chao Phraya River are seen to decrease due to the El Nino climate situations.
Unsung , the deputy of the NWCC and the Secretary-General of the Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR), warned of the heavy showers expected to affect varied areas, with the north, northeast, east and western regions of the south being significantly impacted by way of to the top of the week.
The most important warnings have been flagged for 16 provinces: Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Nan, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Sakhon Nakhon, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Satun and Trang.
“The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation lately talked about that landslides have been reported in many areas of Phangnga, together with the Muang Phangnga-Kapong street in Tambon Tung Kha Ngok.”

Measures have been coordinated with local administrations to help clear the highway surfaces.
The NWCC official noted that though the rainfall in the Chao Phraya River basin continues to be low because of the El Nino phenomenon, the Mekong River experiences the inverse, with higher water ranges due to continuous precipitation.
Surasri indicated low water reserves at the 4 major dams within the Chao Phraya basin, namely Bhumibol in Tak, Sirikit in Uttaradit, Kwai Noi Bamrung Daen in Phitsanulok and Pasak Jolasid in Lop Buri. Collectively, these dams contain a low whole of two.97 billion cubic metres of water, reported Bangkok Post.
Recent information from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand displayed the water levels at Bhumibol and Sirikit dams at solely forty two.6% and 45.3% respectively.
To handle the scenario, the NWCC suggested native rice farmers to restrict their cultivation to 1 rice crop this year, with Surasri warning of potential water insufficiencies for a second farming crop..

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