Nakhon Ratchasima braces for flooding in five districts

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Officials in Nakhon Ratchasima are on high alert for potential flooding in five districts, with the Department of Rural Roads holding a meeting to prepare for the rainy season and ensure the safety of road users.

Director of the Nakhon Ratchasima Rural Roads Department Phaivarn Kheaw-on convened a meeting with staff to prepare personnel, tools, and machinery. The meeting focused on inspecting road conditions to ensure the safety of travellers during the rainy season.

Phaivarn disclosed that Nakhon Ratchasima’s Rural Roads Department has identified five districts—Phimai, Chum Phuang, Pak Chong, Wang Nam Khiao, and Pak Thong Chai—as areas at high risk of flooding. Officials have been instructed to survey these vulnerable areas and inspect bridges, drainage pipes, and channels to ensure they are in good condition. Efforts are being made to clear drainage ditches along roadsides of weeds and debris to prevent blockages.

“We are preparing equipment, vehicles, materials, water pumps, and safety provisions, including traffic signs and mobile signs, as well as blinkers to address any arising situations promptly.”

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To facilitate travel for the public during potential disasters, local agencies have been directed to respond swiftly to any incidents and provide assistance to affected residents. This includes supporting all agencies in case of road or bridge damage.

Machinery and temporary Bailey bridges (portable steel bridges) are ready for immediate use. Agencies are also urged to closely monitor weather warnings from the Thai Meteorological Department, the National Disaster Warning Centre, and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Coordination with local agencies is emphasised for any emergencies, reported KhaoSod.

“Road users during the rainy season are urged to drive cautiously and follow warning signs for their safety and that of others. If assistance or travel inconvenience occurs, people can report to the Rural Roads Department, district offices, or call the Department of Highways hotline at 1586, available 24 hours.”

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