Sunday, October 23, 2011

Vital Kheo Khaika pier dyke repaired

Vital Kheo Khaika pier dyke repaired

Troops, residents work around the clock to reinforce barrier; Chitralada Palace, Siriraj 'adequately protected' from flood water

The breach of a Chao Phraya River dyke at Kheo Khaika Pier in Dusit district was plugged in time yesterday after soldiers and volunteers worked hard day and night to repair and reinforce the sandbag barrier.

Water was still gushing through a large leak through a fence at nearby Rajinee Bon School but the level was not too high. Both spots are now under surveillance around the clock for any more leakage.

Some nearby residents have evacuated and electricity has been cut off to prevent any short circuits. Sandbags have been stacked up at nearby Bang Krabue Intersection to serve as a backup barrier just in case.

The surge in the Chao Phya near the pier was a temporary "spillover", said Vice Admiral Nirut Hongprasit, chief of the Navy’s Hydrographic Department.

"The peak Chao Phraya swelling reached 2.20 metres above mean sea level (MSL) then, and it is now 1.65 metres," he said.

Both Chitralada Palace and Siriraj Hospital were more than two metres above MSL and adequately protected from floodwater, he said.

A network of communities in threatened Lat Krabang and Lak Si districts issued an open letter calling for immediate measures to address the flood now engulfing Bangkok, include evacuation plans at the district level and an easy-to-understand information service from the government.

In Nonthaburi, Bang Bua Thong district was still severely flooded with assistance not yet reaching stranded residents in many communities. Deliveries of relief supplies were being documented to discourage hoarding by flood victims, which is now reportedly widespread.

Two large crocodiles were sighted in the district - one two metres long near Bang Kruay-Sai Noi Road and the other four metres long at an unspecified location. A shelter in Khema Phirataram Temple along the Chao Phaya off Phibulsongkhram Road has been flooded but the occupants have not moved away. An operation is underway to drain the floodwater and is expected to be completed by today.

Tenants of the Bua Thong housing estate in Bang Bua Thong district complained about not being given relief supplies due to red tape. They, as renters, could not produce house registration papers.

In Samut Sakhon, Preecha Sirisaeng-aramphee, head of a fishery association in Maha Chai district, called for price controls on commodities and flood-relief supplies after locally-made barges were now commanding Bt10,000 instead of the regular price of Bt4,000.
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