Chao Phraya dam’s increased water discharge rate has impacted provinces through which the Chao Phraya River flows. The prime minister has visited Ayutthaya province in his capacity as minister of defense to inspect flood-prone areas.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as minister of defense, gave moral support to soldiers working on flood prevention in Ayutthaya.
For his first inspection site of the day, Gen. Prayut traveled to Kasattrathirat temple in Ban Pomsubdistrict in PhraNakhon Si Ayutthaya district. The temple lies on the western bank of the Chao Phraya river. He was briefed on the water situation there and on the preparations being made for an expected rise in the water level. Gen. Prayut interacted with soldiers who were filling sandbags being used to erect temporary embankments. He also inspected water pumps’ functionality and handed over relief items to flood-affected people.
Water from the river had flowed into parts of the temple, which were situated on some of the lowest grounds in Ayutthaya province. This spot is generally the first to be affected when floods hit Ayutthaya.
Meanwhile, Ayutthaya provincial governor Wirachai Nakkamat reported a worrisome water situation due to an increased discharge rate at the Chao Phraya dam.
Gen. Prayut then proceeded to the nearby Sri Suriyothai Pagoda, located on the other side of the Chao Phraya river. He gave moral support to municipal personnel at work in the area and was himself greeted by a number of supporters. He observed the setting up of a water barrier at this spot.
The prime minister and defense minister then traveled to Siriyalai Palace, another flood-prone spot in Ayutthaya’s city area. During the visit, Gen. Prayut said the government has made preparations for the impending water situation. Military units in the area have also readied the relevant tools and equipment. Gen. Prayut asked that locals also make preparations for the water situation.(NNT)