20 major dams and reservoirs in Thailand present overflow risk

Thailand’s Office of the National Water Resources has requested that irrigation officials be ready to manage the discharge of excess water from 20 major dams and reservoirs. The heavy monsoon rains this year have led to potentially dangerous overflow conditions. Officials from the ONWR have instructed people living downstream to prepare for high levels of water being discharged from the dams, as they try to regulate their capacity in order to avoid overflowing and becoming damaged.

The ONWR listed the following dams as being at risk in these regions:

Northern: Mae Mok, Kwae Noi Bumrung Daen and Thap Salao dams

Northeast: Ubol Ratana, Chulabhorn, Lam Takong, Lam Phra Phloeng, Lam Mun Bon, Lam Sae, Lam Nang Rong and Sirindhorn dams

Central: Pasak Jolasid and Kra Siew dams

Eastern: Khun Dan Prakan Chon and Naruebodindrachinda dams and Nong Pla Lai reservoir

Western: Srinagarind, Vajiralongkorn, Kaeng Krachan and Pran Buri dams

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Ann Carter / SOURCE: Thai PBS World