Monday, October 31, 2011

PM Yingluck: It won't get any worse

Bangkok Post

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says the flooding in Bangkok should not get any worse, but Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said the west of Bangkok, Thon Buri, will see more flooding.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Ms Yingluck said Monday the flooding in Bangkok is unlikely to get any worse than it is now.

She said that all the watergates were now controlled, the water level would stabilise over the next day or two.

The floodgate at Khlong Sam Wa would be operated systematically to make sure the Lat Krabang and Bang Chan industrial estates in the east were not affected.

The Bangkok Metropolitian Administration and other agencies had been assigned to negotiate with Khlong Sam Wa residents on the necessity to properly control the watergate, she said.

The prime minister insisted that the government's Flood Relief Operations Centre (Froc) will do its best to protect inner Bangkok from flooding and push for quicker drainage of the water.

She said the water in the canals would likely drop and the flood would start draining quicker into the sea through the eastern and western floodways.

The government would assess the flood situation on a daily basis after the high tide, she added.
Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi
Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said that between 80 and 90 per cent of the Thon Buri side of the Chao Phraya River is certain to be flooded while the water is being drained more quickly through the western floodway.

Froc chief of operations Plodprasop said there are still about eight billion cubic metres of water in the vast flooded area north of Bangkok which need to be drained.

This water would gradually spread to the east and west of Bangkok. A large amount of water from Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani was flowing down through canals in Bangkok and the west.

"The area west of Bangkok will be hard-hit. About 80 to 90 per cent of Thon Buri will be flooded, including where the house of Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung is located," Mr Plodprasop said.

He said the amount of water in the Rangsit area had stabilised last night. This could indicate that the flow from the North was slowing as more water was being diverted east of Bangkok.

These were good signs that the pressure on the flood walls would also lessen.

The minister said he believed the water being diverted to the east would not flood the Lat Krabang industrial estate because it would be flowing slowly, unlike when it approached Ayutthaya.

The Lat Krabang industrial estate would probably be safe, he said.
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