The Royal Irrigation Department Director-General Lertviroj Kowattana revealed on Friday that the combined water volume behind 10 dams upstream of Bangkok stands at 62 percent of their total storage capacity. This means these dams will still be able to accommodate around 9.8 billion cubic meters of water.
At the same time, such major rivers as the Yom River and the Nan River still have more-than-enough room to accommodate future rainfall while the drainage system around downstream areas is still operating efficiently, according to the Royal Irrigation Department.
Accordingly, Mr. Lertviroj assures that the water resources management in the Chao Phraya river basin, from the upstream to the midstream and the downstream areas, has been under control and that no water will ever flow down to hurt the economic areas in Bangkok and surrounding provinces just like in late 2011.
In related news, the Royal Irrigation Department Director-General said that the severe flooding in Prachin Buri Province’s Kabin Buri District is expected to resolve and the situation will return to normal by September 30th or October 1st at the latest.
He added that the drainage of flood water in Kabin Buri District to Bang Pakong River will not have any impact on the drainage work on Bangkok’s western side, which is a part of the downstream area of the Chao Phraya river basin.