flood risks are low as La Nina approaches

flood risks are low as La Nina approaches
flood risks are low as La Nina approaches

The La Nina phenomenon will hit Thailand in the coming weeks, but according to experts, there should not be significant flooding.

More intense rains forecast for the coming weeks due to La Nina will not result in a repeat of the major floods of 2011, according to the National Water Resources Authority (ONWR).

Citing weather reports predicting less frequent rain this year, ONWR chief Surasee Kittimonthon said:

“The likelihood of a major flood similar to that of 2011, which saw large areas of the central and northern Plains submerged for weeks, remains low.”

The assurance came as weather forecasters warned there would be more rain in the coming weeks, with the La Nina weather phenomenon expected to begin next month.

Mr Surasee said the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) has proposed a series of measures to mitigate the effect of increased rainfall to prevent flooding as the rainy season enters its phase. the most intense.

These measures were approved by the government on June 4 and government agencies were ordered to implement them before the rainy season reaches its peak.

On June 7, the NWRC also approved a number of projects aimed at improving the country’s water management capabilities, particularly water retention capacity, in order to make the most of the increase in precipitation over the next two months.

Not only would these projects reduce the risk of flooding during the rainy season, but excess water stored in these projects could be used during drier months, helping to improve overall water security in the country.

Construction must be completed within 120 days of the budget allocation, he said, adding that some agencies will begin receiving funds for the projects on July 12.

Mr Surasee said ONWR worked closely with the Thai Meteorological Department and the Institute of Hydroinformatics to compare this year’s rainfall pattern with that of 2011.

Rainfall was more frequent and more intense at the start of the rainy season in 2011, due to the combined effect of five major storms that crossed the country in the space of a few months, he said.

This year, however, authorities recorded below-average rainfall at the start of the rainy season, although rainfall is expected to pick up with two storms expected to pass over the country later in the year. ‘year.

Mr. Surasee said the government was better prepared to deal with the situation, noting that efforts to reduce bureaucracy have simplified the execution of emergency plans and responses.

According to him, in 2011, 48 agencies were involved in the country’s water management, which led to a lot of overlap and slowed down budget disbursement.

“These efforts have helped mitigate the impact of disasters, especially in flood-prone river basins such as the Chao Phraya, Mun and Chi,” he said.

He noted that current water management policies emphasize proactive measures and preparations for potential emergencies in the future.

“In the event of a crisis, a frontline water management center will be opened, bringing together various agencies to contribute to flood mitigation efforts,” he added.

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Source: Bangkok Post



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