Tropical depression a mixed blessing

Tropical depression a mixed blessing

THAILAND - A tropical depression is bringing heavy rain to Thailand.

The Meteorological Department has forecast that downpours, some heavy, will hit several areas in the country's northeastern and eastern regions during the next few days.

Authorities are preparing to prevent - or at least ease - flooding.

Water Resources Department deputy director-general Sirichai Kunanopparat yesterday said flood-prone areas in the lower Northeast could face inundation.

"We have kept water pumps on standby. If the flood hits, such devices can help," he said.

So far, Sirichai said, the rain brought by the tropical depression had brought some benefits. He explained that it would add water to dams.

"The water levels at Lam Phra Phloeng and Lam Takhong dams, for example, are between 27 and 30 per cent of capacity only," he said.

He even suggested the depression would bring more benefits than flood risks.

Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who also heads the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC), reckoned the rainfall during the current period would determine whether the country would face floods or drought.

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