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Pracha vows to protect Bangkok

Published: 12/10/2011 at 09:13 PM
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Government's flood relief operation centre director Pol Gen Pracha Phromnok vowed to protect Bangkok by adjusting the strategy diverting run-off water to Chachoengsao in the east and Thon Buri in the west.

Pol Gen Pracha, also Justice minister, said the government would try it utmost to keep Bangkok safe by diverting run-off water in the east to Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan into the sea which will mean Min Buri, Nong Chok and Lat Krabang will be flooded.

In the west, the run-off water will be diverted to Ta Chin river which will affect Taling Chan in Thon Buri side of Bangkok.

Ref: Bangkok Post
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Yingluck orders canals dredged in 2 days

Published: 12/10/2011 at 10:07 PM
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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ordered Science Minister Plodprasop Suraswadee to take charge of dredging canals in the east and west of Bangkok to finish in 2 days in time to speed up run-off water from the North.

Meanwhile, the earlier report that Hi-Tech Industrial Estate dyke hda been breached was not true. The dyke was weakened and now strengthened. This industrial estate in Ayutthaya is safe for now.

Ref: Bangkok Post
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Food appeal for stranded elephants



Some 15 elephants, along with seven families of mahouts, have been stranded by rising flood-water at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya's Suan Prik district.

Pineapple plants and drinking water for the elephants and drinking water for the mahout families were needed as well as boats to deliver the items to them, said Ewa Narkiewicz, Communications Director of Elephantstay at the Royal Elephant Kraal.

While the government was trying to help flood victims, assistance was also needed for the affected elephants -Elephantstay urged - and invited those interested in sending elephant food and drinking water to contact 08-0668-7727 (English) or 08-1821-7065 (Thai).

Seventy of the kraal's elephants had been moved to higher ground. But the eight mother elephants and their seven babies remained in the kraal as at first it was believed to be safe enough for them.

But now the flood-water level has risen by over twometres- too deep for the animals to swim out, especially the seven baby elephants that are under two-years-old.

Ref: The Nation
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Irrigation chief: Bangkok can cope


Published: 12/10/2011 at 10:28 PM
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In a live NBT telecast, Irrigation Department chief Chalit Damrongsak assures the viewers that Bangkok's flood walls can cope with the upcoming water run-off from the North.

He said when the largest mass of run-off water reaches Bangkok it will reach the height at no more than 2.40 metres above mean sea level while BMA's flood wall's height is at 2.50 metres.

Once this mass of water passes through Bangkok next week, there will be no more huge mass of run-off water from the North. This mass of water results from accumulated rainfalls of over two months in the North.

However, the floods will continue in several provinces for sometime as the two major dams, Bhumiphol and Sirikit, will continue releasing water but at much reduced rate than the peak on October 10 when Bhumiphol dam discharged water at the rate of 100 million cubic metres a day.

Ref: Bangkok Post

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