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New plan to expedite water drainage put into action

New plan to expedite water drainage put into action

The National Flood Relief Centre was on Thursday to expedite water drainage through canals to the main rivers in the east and to the west of the central plain into the Gulf of Thailand to resolve the flood crisis in the central provinces, its spokesman Wim Rungwattanachinda said

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, accompanied by Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha and officials from water management agencies, boarded a helicopter to inspect waterways from upstream Chainat to the lower central provinces to map out an implementation plan.

For the western part of the Chao Phraya River basin, the new plan is to dredge several canals and to build many canal shortcuts, modelled on the Lad Pho canal in Samut Prakan province, an initiative of His Majesty the King. This will help speed up the draining of water from the Chao Phraya River in Chai Nat into canals and the Tha Chin River into the Gulf of Thailand via Samut Sakhon province.

For the eastern part of the Chao Phraya River basin, the water from the river will be diverted into canals into the Ban Pakong River flowing in the Gulf of Thailand via Chachoengsao province.

The plan to speed up the draining of water from the Chao Phraya River into several canals to relieve floods in hard-hit Ayutthaya and other central provinces came after the Monarch granted an audience to Yingluck on Wednesday evening at Siriraj Hospital and gave his advice on how to tackle the flood crisis.


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