Mekong River rising again in Nong Khai province
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Mekong River rising again in Nong Khai province

The Mekong River at Nong Khai has begun to rise once again following rain and excess water drainage via tributaries in the province to protect farmland.

Rainfall in Lao PDR north of Nong Khai has raised the Mekong River as measured by the province’s Department of Water Resources office, by four centimeters to 9.46 meters. The river is continuing to rise due to inflows from Loei province. Water inflow from Loei’s Chiang Kan district is expected to swell the Mekong over the next 18-20 hours.

Drainage of waterways flowing into the Mekong River, has however benefitted farmland and allowed 10 small water pumps to stop operation, leaving only four large pumps still operating. Drainage from streams in Nong Khai into the Mekong has been increased to 100 percent in anticipation of more rain.

In the south, the Songkla Fishing Association has issued a warning to fishing boats operating in the Gulf of Thailand to be wary of strong winds and waves. They have been urged to move further south towards Nakhon Si Thammarat to avoid being impacted by tropical storm Bebinca. Boat operators have also been encouraged to closely follow weather forecasts and to stay close to shore so they may escape harsh weather.

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Reporter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaRewriter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaNational News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

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