Rain replenishes reservoirs across country

Rainfall from April 1 to 14 boosted the volume of water in reservoirs across Thailand to 583 million cubic metres, Somkiat Prajumwong, the National Water Resource Committee (NWRC)’s secretary general, has revealed.

Reservoirs in the South saw the biggest increase with 241 million cubic metres, followed by 132 million cubic metres in the East, 98 million cubic metres in the West, and 82 million cubic metres in reservoirs located in the Northeast.

The National Water Command Centre expects the nation’s reservoirs to receive about 4.269 billion cubic metres in total from April 1 to 30.

Meanwhile, the centre is closely monitoring salinity of water in the Chao Phraya River at Sam Lae Raw Water Pumping Station, in Pathum Thani province, after the sea level rose higher than expected.

The Royal Irrigation Department has been ordered to solve the problem of seawater intrusion by releasing water from the Chao Phraya and Rama VI dams.