Vientiane, Lao PDR, 28th Aug 2018
The page can be accessed directly at http://www.mrcmekong.org/mekong-flood-forecasting or through the frontpage of the MRC website at www.mrcmekong.org. By clicking to zoom symbol next to the text Mekong Flood Forecasting, audience can get the full screen of flood forecast situation on mainstream of the Mekong river, indicating clearly where the alarming and flood alerts are. The flood situation can be also viewed in a format of Mekong map at http://ffw.mrcmekong.org/index.php. The update is conducted daily and is recorded to the websites during 10.30am to 11am with a forecasting bulletin released at 11am.
There are total 22 stations which are being monitored along mainstream of the Mekong river. Seven stations located in Thailand include Chiang Saen, Chiang Khan, Nongkhai, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Savannakhet, and Khong Chiam. Five stations located in Lao PDR are Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Paksane, Thakhek and Pakse. Eight stations located in Cambodia are Stung Treng, Kratie, Kompong Cham, Phnom Penh Bassac, Phnom Penh Port, Koh Khel, Neak Luong, and Prek Kdam and two station located in Vietnam are Tan Chau and Chau Doc. The twenty-two stations provide daily hydrological information during the flood season including daily water level data and daily rainfall data.
The MRC has upgraded the webpage so people and especially TV channels at the Mekong Basin can easily refer to the source of information with high resolution and most updated status. The page has been expanded to make access to flood forecasting and early warming more convenient to the public. This expansion especially considers the need by some of television broadcasters in the MRC member countries to provide timely flood forecasting in the Lower Mekong Basin. Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) used this flood forecasting during its news reporting on the flood situation in the aftermath of the tropical storm Son-Tinh.
The MRC plans to make the webpage available in four riparian languages in September 2018 so more people from its riparian countries can access to the information.
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