Dept braces for more rain as La Nina looms

Dept braces for more rain as La Nina looms

Initially severe thunderstorms are expected beginning following month.

Dept braces for more rain as La Nina looms

The Royal Irrigation Department is considering a number of measures to combat flooding during the rainy season, as the weather conditions appear to be getting significantly colder when the La Nina phenomenon starts to manifest in a few weeks.

RID director-general Chuchart Rakjit stated at a meeting held online on Monday at the RID’s Smart Water Operation Centre that 17 royal water agencies nationwide had been given the task of diligently preparing for the start of La Nina, which experts predict will pour heavier storms into the nation between July and October.

The conference was likewise attended by RID assistant director Dej Lekwichai and producer- general of the Meteorological Department, Kanrawee Sitthichawapak.

According to Ms. Kanrawee, the appearance of La Nina is anticipated to increase weather size by at least 20 %. The Northeast ( 22 % ) and the South ( 16 % ) are expected to experience the highest increase, with 39 % for the Central Plains region.

Due to two monsoon winds during the time, big storms are expected to start pouring down across much of the nation between June and July, with the speed expected to increase more from August to October.

Mr. Chuchart said he had ordered all organizations to begin preparing in order to stop the downpours from causing widespread flood.

But, he said the ministry is assured this year’s La Nina did n’t result in a “megaflood” similar to the one in 2011– when 65 out of the nation’s 77 counties were ravaged by storms– because the office is now equipped with better technology to manage the world’s water sources in the rain season.

He added that the RID has previously renovated all of the Chao Phraya River’s pumping stations to promote the flow of water to the Gulf of Thailand.

One “monkey face” water-catching area along the river’s program is located in Thung Baang Rakam in Phitsanulok, and the other two are spread across ten plains in Thung Chao Phraya.

Both are anticipated to be able to keep 1.5 billion cubic meters of water, which is more than Pasak Jolasid Dam’s power, which can hold about 960 million m3 of waters, he said.

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