Mekong set to rise further after downpour

  • Thailand
  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

Road blocked: Soldiers removing collapsed trees from a damaged bridge after floods affected by heavy rain, at Muang district in Loei province, next to Nong Khai province. — Reuters

THE water level in Mekong River flowing through Nong Khai province has risen sharply due to heavy rain in the North of Thailand and Laos under the influence of tropical storm Sinlaku.

The water level had risen to 4.20 metres as measured by Nong Khai’s Department of Water Resources, rising sharply from Monday’s level by 76 centimetres.

The level could increase by more than one metre by Wednesday as the Chiang Khan water station in Loei province has measured increase in water by 1.70m, which is expected to flow to the neighbouring province of Nong Khai within 18-20 hours.

Mekong water levels have tended to rise and fall suddenly, which has directly impacted fish farmers in Nong Khai province as large fish develop sickness and die when the water flow is rapid. — The Nation/ANN
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