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    Flooding in Nong Khai ?

    "Floodwater rises continuously in Nong Khai
    Water levels in the Mekong River is rising continuously, resulting in flooding in Nong Khai province.

    Officials of the Department of Water Resources report that water levels in the Mekong River near Nong Khai province have reached critical levels at 12.85 meters, and is expected to rise higher. The Nong Khai Office of Hydrology believes that the river's level will rise to 13 meters tomorrow (August 13). Households, temples, schools, and agricultural land in Si Chiang Mai (ศรีเชียงใหม่), Tha Bo (ท่าบ่อ), and the Mueang Nong Khai districts have suffered extensive damage.

    Local officials are building sandbag barriers in several districts in order to stem rising floodwater but have proven unsuccessful so far. Water pumps are deployed in the Nueang Nong Khai district and are operational 24 hours. Aid centers have also been established for flood victims by the Nong Khai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, the Nong Khai Red Cross Branch, and local foundations. "

    Lots of talk about this on the local forum, beginning to sound serious

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    I think that Tex can take in about a dozen refugees from the flood waters and I hear that he has plenty of beer and grub to last a couple of weeks. Be nice is folks could bring their own bedding tho.

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    Mekong was way up yesterday. Some say 4 meters !
    Our village is cut off completely. A section of the bridge has been washed out and a bamboo thing has been rigged so bikes can cross.

    Pad Hai (spelling?) the last village before Laos in only accesable by boat.

    We're going try and get the bike into Chang Kong today but it'll be an off road, round the houses trip. Could be fun. The car's not going anywhere.

    I just hope the rains hold off for a while.

    It's like being back in the NT

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    Tha Bo is under water. It was in dire need of a bath anyway. I'll try to take some photos today.

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    ^ So is Nan I believe. I hope Hillbilly's place is OK.

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    Posted in udonmap. The water is still one foot below the banks in Nong Khai, but water is coming in from the drains, on some of the streets.

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    Well, that's the trip to Chiang Kong over. Bloody roads been washed away. THe back track is a wash out too.

    We'll try again later.

    Not raining, yet.

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    Just got back and the mighty Mekong is still rising !

    Probably up another foot since same time yesterday.

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    PHOTOS people PHOTOS.

    Anyway this happens every year.

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    One would assume it's flooding more than usual. Usually every 5 years or so.

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    My MIL reckons its going to be a repeat of 1966. Apparently this was the last "big" one. Certainly people here in the village are pretty worried.

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    A mates with a lot of contacts in China just phoned to say that they're opening up the dam gates on the river and it should be expected to rise considerably.

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    (BangkokPost.com) - The Meteorological Department has issued a flood warning in northern and northeastern provinces from August 12 to 14. Widespread flooding from heavy rain has inundated at least three districts of Chiang Rai province and all 18 districts of Kalasin province.

    The water level of Mekong River has risen rapidly at the rate of five centimetres an hour due to heavy rain, and more than 100 households in Chiang Rai have been hit. Rescue units and military officials are helping residents evacuate to higher grounds while laying sandbags along the river banks to prevent water from gushing into the land. Large areas of farmland and major roads are flooded, making it difficult for vehicles to commute.

    As for Kalasin, the province has encountered about 60 to 100 millimetres of rain per day, and 152 routes have been damaged from the surging water.

    In Mae Hong Son province, 156 villages in seven districts have experienced heavy flooding. Relevant units have prepared communication and rescuing equipments to the flood-stricken villagers.
    According to the Meteorological Department, the severe weather condition in the North and Northeast are caused by the trough of active low pressure.

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    Photos coming

    I've just got called home from work - they are building dams all over the high street. I live 200 m from the river. I took some this morning I'll put on now, then I'll nip out and get some more after I've put the comp and tv etc upstairs.

    It hasn't been like this since the chinese started daming the Mekong and the tessabahn are worried.

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    I've put them in my gallery. I don't have time to much else at the moment. If someone wants to post them here much obliged.

    My two dogs are whining - they know something is up!!
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    well done mate

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    Well it's getting interesting. Went out to try and get a spare gas bottle, found the last one.

    Wanted to buy some of those big white jugs of drinking water.... nada, not to be had.

    Water, as in drinking water is really the main concern. The bore is stinking and even the boss won't drink it. Looks like saturation has started to mix things up a bit.

    No more fuel available, diesel or petrol.

    Our Moo is now on it's own.

    Plenty of rice though, which is nice.

    Took a couple of sacks down the track to the submerged village. There's a small school there we look out for. People have loads of corn but the rice was welcome.

    Lots of fish !

    Water still rising....

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    Computer is now upstairs. So that is me sorted.

    Just got to pack Imelda's shoes and then I'll nip outside and get some more pics.

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    How's it going Gallows?
    Pissing down here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Tha Bo is under water. It was in dire need of a bath anyway. I'll try to take some photos today.

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    Last online today at 12:47pm. Getting worried, I hope you have your water wings on Tex!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Last online today at 12:47pm. Getting worried, I hope you have your water wings on Tex!!!
    I believe Tex's house is well above the high water mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Last online today at 12:47pm. Getting worried, I hope you have your water wings on Tex!!!
    I believe Tex's house is well above the high water mark.
    Yes, but by his post, it seems he was going out to take pics!

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    Just got back home.

    The water has risen about 3 or 4" since this morning - but there is a panic on about the 9pm opening of China's dams.

    If this is a rumour or truth I don't know but many shops have had dams built around them in record time. Being the cynic, the construction companies and building suppliers are making a killing.

    Worryingly, outside my house water is coming up through the drains.

    And it's juat started to piss down.

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