Ayutthaya placed on flood watch

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BANGKOK, Sept 10 – The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department warned of potential flooding in six Ayutthaya districts due to heavy rain and northern run-off.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Director-General Wiboon Sanguanpong said heavy rain in upper Thailand caused accumulating northern run-off flowing downstream to the central region.

The water level in the country’s major rivers has increased as well as in tributaries in the central province of Ayutthaya, posing risks of potential flooding in low-lying areas today.

Local residents are advised to keep watch on the rising waters, to reinforce sandbag embankments and to move their belongings, especially electrical appliances and other valuables to higher ground.

Meanwhile, in Nakhon Sawan, Wisarn Wasuntaraporn, provincial irrigation director said flooding from Mae Wong national park flowed into many rivers and may affect people living along the Ping, Yom, Nan and Chao Phraya rivers in the province.