AirAsia is launching 4 direct flights a week from Chiang Mai-Hanoi starting on 28th October, driving Chiang Mai towards becoming an international flight hub by bringing its network to 8 routes.
Ankle-deep floodwaters overran central markets in Phetchaburi city last month, as officials scrambled to issue nationwide flood warnings in other provinces. Downtown Phetchaburi was underwater in parts however this appears to be manageable. “Over the past month, we tried to control the water volume, but the situation has changed now. There’s more water, and all sectors are working to drain it to the sea,” said Nuttawut Phetphorahomsorn, Deputy Phetchaburi Governor. “I think we can handle the levels in the city. There might be flooding, but it won’t take long to bring it down.” The Kaeng Krachan Dam, 200 kilometres south of Bangkok in Phetchaburi, hit capacity earlier last month and officials there have urged residents to remain vigilant.
The current provincial flooding is from both the dam and overflow from the Phetchaburi River, said Samrerng Saengphuwong of the Office of National Water Resources. Meanwhile the Pranburi dam still has enough capacity to receive water says Mr. Pairoj Kamton the dam Director of Operation and Maintenance. Relentless heavy rains have resulted in a huge runoff flowing into Pranburi dam which is the biggest dam in the province. The run-off has been about 4-5 million cu/m per day from the midle of July. This has resulted in a water retention of 316 million cu/m however with the dam capacity of 391 million cu/m this was around 80.9 %.
There is a discharge to canals of 8.3 million cu/m per day as well as the production of water for Hua Hin and the Pranburi district. This means there is unlikely to be flooding from a dam overflow for Hua Hin residents as the Pranburi dam has enough capacity to receive more water unless very heavy rainfall occurs.