Wednesday, October 19, 2011

All Nonthaburi districts inundated

Bangkok Post

All six districts of Nonthaburi province are now flooded with Bang Bua Thong and Pak Kret districts being the worst hit.
A woman tries to assess the damage to her flooded home at the Aksara housing estate in Bang Bua Thong district, Nonthaburi. Many house owners were unable to take their belongings with them as the flood rose rapidly yesterday.


Nonthaburi governor Wichian Phuttiwinyu said the situation has reached a critical level and urged flood-hit residents who need assistance to contact officials on the 1131 hotline.
He said the hotline is open around the clock to receive their complaints and get them the help they need.

The governor also asked callers not to give false information as hoax calls would only hamper efforts to help flood victims.

In Bang Bua Thong district, runoff punched through water gates at Khlong Ta Chom and Khlong Rongkrajom in tambon Pimonrat, causing floodwater to surge into several housing estates.

In some areas, the flood water was up to chest level, inundating the ground floors. The flood victims were evacuated to safety by boats. Some were transported by garbage trucks.
"The water came slowly into my house. But it is now up to my neck. I can't stay. I'm going back to Ratchaburi," said a woman who evacuated from Si Prajak 7 housing estate.

As the earthen flood walls reinforced by sandbags were breached, residents drove off to Wat Lat Pladuk Road to park their vehicles in a line which stretched for several kilometres.

Tambon Bang Khurad was prompted to issue a flood warning as the flood wall at Khlong Toh Rong Mai was being reinforced.

A road passing tambon Pimonrat and tambon Bang Khurad is the only way to reach the main road to Bangkok.

If it is flooded, a large number of people will be trapped.

In tambon Bang Bua Thong, all except four villages are under flood water and cannot be reached by cars.

Supoj Thong-amnart, head of tambon Bang Bua Thong, said the community is doing its best to keep the villages dry.

"If these four villages are flooded, we won't have any dry area to provide shelter for the flood victims," he said.

However, he said he was not sure for how long the community could protect the villages as torrents of water in Khlong Jek were strong. Khlong Jek is receiving runoff from Pathum Thani's Lat Lum Kaeo district.

In Pak Kret district, also in Pathum Thani, a three-metre rupture at the earthen flood dyke at Wat Phothong Bon in tambon Ban Mai sparked panic.

More than 100 people and officials rushed to repair the wall with sandbags.

In Pathum Thani's tambon Bang Kadi, troops built a flood wall from sandbags to prevent the flood water from pouring into Bang Kadi industrial estate.
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