Phetchaburi town flooded

Floods have hit farms and resorts along the Phetchaburi River downstream from the Kaeng Kachan Dam after officials sped up water release from the reservoir.

The Phetchaburi River has overflowed, leaving its riverside areas flooded for a stretch of at least 60 kilometres.

Affected is the area between the overwhelmed Kaeng Krachan Dam, which is 109 per cent full, and the Phetch Dam. Most affected are resorts along the banks of the river. Due to recent heavy downpours, the Kaeng Krachan Dam was yesterday discharging 272 cubic metres of water per second into the river, which is only able to accommodate up to 150 cubic metres of water per second. Below the dam, the Phetchaburi River runs through Tha Yang, Ban Lat, Muang and Ban Laem districts before draining into the sea.

Troops were dispatched on Saturday to hand out drinking water to flood-inundated residents of a large community in Phetchaburi province.

For three days, the residents of Wihan Yai community located beside Phetchaburi Central Prison in Muang district have been under about 50 centimetres of water. The Supreme Command’s Development Corps sent their 13th mobile unit to help the residents.

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