Authorities in North and upper central region urgently dredging rivers


NAKHON SAWAN, 19 July 2012  – Authorities in several areas in the North and the upper central part of the country are urgently dredging rivers for more efficient water release system in preparation for speculated flood hazards.

Nakhon Sawan’s Governor revealed that several dredging projects are under way from the middle to the mouth of the Chao Phraya River, or from Nakhon Sawan to Samut Prakan, after many sections are found to be too shallow and might hinder the flow of flood water. The dredging process is conducted simultaneously in nine provinces.

In Phichit Province, the Marine Department is using 19 backhoe trucks to dredge the Yom River, especially around low areas, to prevent flooding when more rain comes.

Meanwhile, over 100 army technicians from Ratchaburi Province traveled to Pitsanulok Province on Wednesday to help dredge the Yom River from Uttaradit to Phitsanulok, covering nearly 20 kilometers. The dredging is expected to take 60 days to complete.