he royal advice came after the Huey Sai Khamin dam burst when the “Sonca” tropical storm hit the country last year, causing massive floodings in the Northeast.
According to the director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department Mr Thongplaew Kongchan, the Huey Sai Khamin dam has been fixed and reinforced and will be able to withstand the next monsoon season.
He said following this incident, His Majesty the King has advised that over 20 old dams in the Northeast should be quickly improved and reinforced to enable efficient water management.
He said these 20 old dams are mostly in Sakhon Nakhon and some have been in use for a very long time.
He said some are under the care of the department, and some under the local administration organisations to look after.
Irrigation officials are now inspecting these dams for maintenance and reinforcement in respect to their urgency.
He assured however that it didn’t mean that these dams would be at risk of bursting if they were not repaired or improved as the department has measures to keep them stable and strong enough for water storages.
Source Thai PBS