Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Eastern Bangkok should brace for flood: Yingluck

Eastern Bangkok should brace for flood: Yingluck

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday warned about pending flood in eastern areas of the capital, saying the inundation might be about 20 to 30 centimeters as run-off would be drained into the sea via Bang Pakong River.

"Every effort will be made to slow down the water flow in order to minimise the damage," she said.

As Pathum Thani authorities failed to rein in runn-off, last night Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered an emergency response to fortify the dykes in order to slow the torrent, she said.

She said Bangkok authorities were well prepared to deal with the inundation and drainage.
In addition to Chao Phraya River, run-off would be drained via Bang Pakong River in the East and Tha Cheen River in the West, she said. All canals and waterways would be used to maximum capacity for drainage.

She was speaking before boarding an Army helicopter to inspect the water situation at Chao Phraya Dam and Phonthep sluice gate in Chai Nat.
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