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OFFICIAL: Announcement on Flooding Situation in Bangkok, 25 Oct,2011

Announcement of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Subject : Announcement on Flooding Situation in Bangkok ———————– M.R.

Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the Governor of Bangkok, revealed that the general flooding in Bangkok is gravely concerned. Normally, the level of the Chao Phraya River is equivalent to the level of high tide with an inclusion of a constant of approximately 1.30 m.

Therefore with reference to the forecasted level of high tide for today the level at the River could be expected at 2.35 – 2.40 m. which is over the maximum height of the water barrier along the River. Yesterday the level hit the record with the expectation that today the level would be higher than yesterday.

Since high tides are expected at this week so the level of the River could definitely pose certain amount of problems. BMA, hence, instructs those residing along the River and all connecting passages of water from the River to pay extraordinary cautions to the situation and be prepared to move their valuable belongings including electrical outlets to safe locations. For those residing behind the barrier should also take extra precautions as well. It is anticipated that BMA would require more than 10 millions sand bags under this unfortunate circumstance to construct and further strengthen barrier as well as to provide special cares to several places of importance, i.e.

The Siriraj Hospital, the Royal Palaces including the other Palaces.

Thus far several canal and Khlong Prapa have returned to normalcy.

The Lak Si District has been cleared of the flood whereas the Don Mueang District still is being affected. Khlong Tawee Watana recorded a rising level of 12 cm. With more opening at the gate, Khlong Prem Prachakorn still recorded an increase of more than 5 cm. , however, the flood is pushed into Khlong Lad Prao. In coping with future consequences of the inundation, BMA has moved electrical control units of the sluice gates to higher and safe ground.

The Governor cleared the misunderstanding among the public that the District of Bang Plad had not pay adequate attentions resulting in heavy flooding in the area particularly Charan Sanit Wong Road last evening. As a matter of fact the District of Bang Plad has monitored the situation all along very closely but the damaged was done on an old wall of private properties which could only be accessed with difficulty.

So the news reports on this issue were very inaccurate.

The Governor referred to the attempts of BMA in protecting the area where Vibhavadi Road intersecting with Khlong Rangsit with the construction of sand bag barrier which now with  unfortunate could not stop influx of the flood. BMA therefore further attempts by constructing  new line of barriers at Khlong Song, Chandharubeksa Road, the Air Forces Headquarters and another connecting segment of the Vibhavadi Road to allow an access to the Flood Relief Operation Center.

The Governor admired and was pleased with the decision of the Prime Minister in keeping the Center at the present site even it has been threatening with the approach of the flood. Moreover, BMA in cooperation with the Department of Highways will today reinforce the existing barrier of the Sai Mai Road. Rom Klao Road, and King Khaew Road of which some spots need to be reinforced to attain the height of 3.00 m. M.R.

Sukhumbhand Paribatra stressed that since the beginning of the mishap all personnel of BMA have worked very hard and put the most of their efforts to relief the hardship of people of Bangkok with strong determination and intention of lessening burdens being experienced by the people. But it is very discouraging and detrimental to the devotion of the BMA personnel when their efforts and operations are hampered by certain groups of people. It could be very well understood if the opposing to the operations, i.e. construction and reinforcement of barriers, control of flood via opening of sluice gates to certain extents, etc., are well intended and supported with rational. However, if those opposing based on personal rational and political as well as impartial opinions, the Governor believes that general public would not be able to accept those opposing.

Therefore, at this critical moment amidst unfortunate circumstances general public should be cooperative and provide lending efforts to BMA and also other government agencies.  BMA will apply all efforts in providing supports to its personnel.

Those affected by the inundation and strive to report to work have always been admired and praised, meanwhile those affected and not report to works will not be recorded as absentees.

Time : 11.00 a.m.

BANGKOK FLOODS: PM Issues disaster warning for Bangkok

Thailand’s Prime Minister today announced that Bangkok faced a looming disaster as she consolidated special powers for flood control and drainage.

The 2007 Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act was put into place take responsibility for mana gement of the flooding, just short of declaring a state of emergency. Under her control, the priority for managing the floods is to speed up the drainage into the sea via the east of the capital.

The government is also set to coordinate its efforts with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to operate all sluice gates in and around the capital, effectively taking full control of the waterways in the city.

The armed forces would also be responsible for maintaining and defending dykes and levees set up to stem the flow of floodwaters.

The military will play a key role in defending important points of infrastructure, including Bangkok’s airports – Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi around the Grand Palace and Siriraj Hospital, and the city’s tap water system.

The Ministry of Transport would be responsible for ensuring a smooth flow of traffic throughout the capital, and other agencies would also be involved in the setting up and plans shelters and arranging evacuations`

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