‘Rai’ adds more water to dams despite havoc in vast areas it wreaks

Rai tropical depression is now sweeping across Thailand from the northeast through the east, central and northern regions, dumping heavy to heaviest rains, and leaving behind trails of destruction from flashfloods, floodings, landslides, and fallen trees on vehicles, houses and temples.

Although the depression will wreak havoc on many areas along its path, it also added more water to several dams that still are in dire need of water for supply to farmers so that they can farm throughout the dry season next year.

Ubonrat dam in Ubon Ratchathani is now reported to have 37% of its storage capacity, and is taking in 17 million cubics of water a day.

With water still flowing in the reservoir, it is expected that water shortage for farming along its irrigation area could be eased next year.

Meanwhile the Royal Irrigation Department deputy director-general Mr Thongplaew Kongchan said four major irrigation dams in the country still need more water.

Now the water stored in these dams are still at 48% of total storage capacity which are still worrying level, he said.

He voiced optimism that Rai depression would add more water to these major dams in the Northeast region.

In another development, the National Disaster Warning Centre (NDWC) said today that Rai has brought rains to 20 provinces in the Northeast region.

It was moving to the North and will bring rains to several provinces as well as adding more water to major dams there.

But as the depression would benefit the country in term of adding water to dams, it also wreaked havoc on areas it passed.

Floodings, fallen trees on vehicles, temples, were reported today in Sakhon Nakhon, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phrae, Kamphaengphet, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit, Sukhothai.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)