Friday, November 4, 2011

AoT: Suvarnabhumi well protected

Bangkok Post

The 3.5 metre high floodwalls will certainly prevent Suvarnabhumi airport being flooded, Airports Authority of Thailand (AoT) president Somchai Sawasdipol said on Friday.

He was responding to expressions of concern that the country's main international airport could be forced to close by the widespread flooding in Bangkok.

“We project that in a worst case scenario, the floodwater would be no more than 1.50 metres high and our 3.50 metre floodwalls would definitely be able to hold it,” Mr Somchai said.

Asked about the possibility that the floodwater could leak into the airport through the drains, the AoT chief said Suvarnabhumi has a closed drainage system and outside water could not flow in through its drainage system.

On concerns that flood affected people near the airport could try to destroy the floodwalls to reduce the water level in their communities, Mr Somchai said the AoT had asked police to join with the AoT's own security teams and deploy units around-the-clock to oversee the floodwalls.
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