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Flood alert as tropical storm No Eul heads for Thailand

Christian Fernsby |
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sreeon has ordered the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to be on high alert when tropical storm No Eul blows into Thailand this weekend.

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Topics: FLOOD    THAILAND   

The storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and flash flooding to the North, Northeast and East of the country from Friday to Sunday.

The RID has been ordered to set up teams to monitor flood-prone areas and cooperate with local authorities to solve flood problems as fast as possible.

"Also, the department has been instructed to improve storage capacity to conserve water for the upcoming drought season, because reservoirs nationwide are currently at a low level," said Chalermchai, who spoke after presiding over a water management 2020-21 meeting at the Royal Irrigation Department's Smart Water Operation Centre (SWOC).

RID chief Thongplew Kongjun said he has instructed his officials to prepare excavators, tractors and water pumps in flood-risk areas, as well as monitor dams, reservoirs and watergates, and clear waterways of obstructions.

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