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Heavy rain brings floodwaters to Borikhamxay

Heavy rainfall over several hours caused flood waters to inundate farmlands and cut off key road routes in Khamkeuth district, Borikhamxay province, an official has confirmed.

Officials in at-risk areas are monitoring river levels including Phao and Kata Rivers through to the Nam Thern River, which was now at the height of 11-12 metres, surpassing the danger level of 10 metres.

An official in charge of Natural Resources Office in Khamkeuth district, Mr Somphone Khamsoukthavong told Vientiane Times torrential rains over many hours from July 16-17 were causing the floods affecting farmlands, roads and communities on the low-lying ground in the district.

“Officials are surveying to assess the damage”, Mr Somphone said.

Most flooded farmlands, households and routes are in Thongsaen and Napae villages.

Both 1E Road and 8A Road are cut by floodwaters near the flooded-villages.

Water up to one-metre deep flooded roads for a stretch of about 2-3 kilometres.

As vehicles cannot pass, residents have been using small boats to traverse the area until floodwaters recede, Mr Somphone said.

It is expected that the water will drain after the rain abates, leaving plenty of cleaning up to do.

Apart from Borikhamxay, no provinces have reported incidents of flooding.

However, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Meteorology and Hydrology Department warned the public to pay close heed to weather warnings and be alert to catastrophes including the possibility of falling trees and damage to houses and other buildings, especially from now until the end of this month.

Landslides may occur in mountainous regions, while all areas should be alert to flash flooding caused by heavy rain.

Also, the department also warned people across the country to be aware of river levels from now until next month.

Water levels are at risk of rising rapidly, flooding lowlands of districts in the capital and other parts of the country.

The department is monitoring weather conditions continuously and is working in collaboration with respective meteorology and hydrology divisions of other nations.

If the Mekong's levels increase above 11.50 metres in lowland areas in the capital or other extreme weather conditions are forecast, the department will immediately send out warnings.

Warnings are issued through various meteorology and hydrology sectors, as well as via Facebook, websites, radio broadcasts, television and media agencies to let people know the latest information, the department said.

Despite intense downpours, rainfall in and around the capital has not been as heavy as some other locations with the Mekong at just 5.10 metres close to the bank yesterday some four kilometres downstream from the CBD.

The Mekong had risen to about 9.34 metres in Luang Prabang province, 8.05 metres at Pakxan, Borikhamxay province, and 7.70 metres in Pakxe, Champassak province.




By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 18, 2017)

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