Mekong river at critical level in Mukdaharn provinceAugust 13th, 2008 - 11:31 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Mukdaharn province Governor Praneet Boonmee (ปราณีต บุญมี) stated after inspecting the water level of the Mekong River in the Indo-China Market area that the river is steadily rising at a rate of about 5 centimeters per hour following several days of consistent rain. A report from the Mukdaharn Hydrology Survey Center revealed the water level at noon yesterday to be at 11.7 meters; only 80 centimeters from critical levels which would cause flooding in the municipal district of the province.
A warning has been issued to residents in the area to prepare to transport their belongings in the event of a flood, especially vendors in the Indo-China Market who operate on the basement level.
Mr. Praneet stated that to allow citizens to continue going to the market, the province has allowed for vendors to move to the viewing court until the river reaches a safer level.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand