Friday, October 28, 2011

Bangkok flood to peak over the weekend

Bangkok flood to peak over the weekend

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Friday instructed 13 districts located along the banks of Chao Phraya River to closely monitor the water situation and brace for emergency evacuation.

Sukkumbhand said based on Friday's hydrology forecast, the Chao Phraya wil likely rise to more than 2.50 meters, triggering overflow in several areas.

High tides will exacerbate the water level from Saturday to Monday.

Yesterday saw the Chao Phraya River peaked at 2.42 meters.

The city administration has been implementing the emergency evacuation order covering four districts, Don Mueang, Sai Mai, Bang Phlat and Thawee Wattana, particularly Thammasop area.

The inundation in Sai Mai rose additional 15 centimeters in the last 24 hours. The floodwater in Thawee Wattana rose additional 16 centimeters.

Thawee Wattana's flood defence is weakest at two major canals, Mawasawat and Thawee Wattana, where there is no permanent levee to deter the water flow.

In Bang Phlat, the inundation varies from one meter to 70 centimeters.

Due to rising inundation, services, including relief operations, at Dom Mueang district office has been relocated to Lak Si district office.

The Navy's Hydrology Department issued a daily forecast saying the Chao Phraya River will swell to 2.57 meters at 2.57 meters at 8.03 am on Friday and at 2.44 meters at 5.52 pm.

The river's water level will vary from 2.60 to 2.65 meters from Saturday to Monday.

Transport Minister Sukumpol Suwannatat said the government is expected Friday's afternoon to finalise its decision whether to demolish certain sections of five main roads in eastern Bangkok in order to speed up the drainage into the sea via Samut Prakan.

In northern Bangkok, flood continues to spread via Phaholyothin and Vibhavadi-Rangsit roads. At certain areas, the inundation rose to 1.2 meters.

The overflowing from Hok Wa Canal in Sai Mai has started to inundate Soi Watcharaphol.
The water head is seeping toward Chaeng Wattana Road but has not reached it.
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