Thursday, October 27, 2011

Evacuation order for Sai Mai

Evacuation order for Sai Mai

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Thursday issued an evacuation order covering the entire Sai Mai district.

"The water situation in Sai Mai is getting worse and residents should evacuate immediately," Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said.

The Chao Phraya River remains at risk at overflowing. This afternoon the water level is expected to rise to 2.4 to 2.5 metres. Tomorrow the water will likely peak at 2.6 meters while the embankment is only 2.5 metres, he said.

The water situation is posing an increasing flood risk. At the Khlong 2 watergate in Pathum Thani, the water has risen 16 centimetre since yesterday. The overland flow outside the system of sluice gates in northern Bangkok is estimated at 2.64 meters.

Over the last 24 hours, the water at Thawee Wattana Canal has risen 20 centimetres. The overland flow in western Bangkok is estimated at 2.38 meters.

Sai Mai, Don Mueang, Bang Phlat and Thawee Wattana are the worst flood-hit districts.

The city administration will on Thursday afternoon hold a meeting to explain the drainage plans to the business community.

As of Thursday morning, 7,503 Bangkok residents had moved into 73 shelters located in 20 districts.
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