Pranburi and Kaeng Krachan dams in danger of overflowing

Pranburi dam. File photo

Irrigation officials have warned that Pranburi and Kaeng Krachan dams are in danger of overflowing.

The Office of the National Water Command Centre (NWCC) have said that people who live downstream from either of the dams face possible flooding.

Officials said they will try to carefully manage the discharge of water from the dams in order to limit the impact of flooding on property and farm land.

Pranburi and Kaeng Krachan dams are among twenty dams throughout Thailand that are in danger of overflowing, officials said.

Recent downpours and heavy rainfall has resulted in the water level in the dams rising considerably.

To make room for more water and prevent the dam overflowing officials said they aim to gradually increase the discharge rate, which in turn will result in water levels downstream increasing.

Meanwhile, the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has warned of isolated heavy rains across the region and in the Gulf of Thailand from Friday.

“People in risk areas [should] beware of the heavy rainfall and its accumulation that may cause overflows and flash floods”, the TMD said.

Ships have been advised to proceed with caution and small boats have been advised to stay ashore until 16 Oct.