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5/19/2008

Canal causes widespread flooding in Korat town

Breaking Earth News
Thailand
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Motorcyclists ride through floodwater in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday. — PRASIT TANGPRASERT

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: An overflowing tributary of the Lam Takong canal has caused widespread flooding in Muang district, leaving tambon Muen Wai severely inundated. Many communities in the tambon were badly flooded after Boriboon, a tributary of the Lam Takong canal, burst its banks and overflowed into at least four villages. Floodwaters were one-metre deep in most areas of the villages, making roads impassable. Lam Takong canal drains into the Lam Takong reservoir. Officials are keeping a close eye on the UNUSUALLY high water level in the reservoir. The Meteorology Department has forecast more heavy showers in many areas of the country in the next few days. At least 300 downstream villages face a serious flood threat from the Srinakarin and Vajiralongkorn dams. If the dams are damaged in an earthquake, weathermen say the villages could be flooded in less than two hours. The province has reported stronger seismic activity in the area this year, drawing concern from those looking after the reservoirs. Local environment groups have criticised government officials for their inaction and refusal to install an early warning system and for not improving the drills for disaster preparedness.
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