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Thai PM warns Bangkok to brace for flooding

 

by Boonradom Chitradon

BANGKOK, October 20, 2011 (AFP) - Thailand's premier warned Thursday that it was impossible to stop the kingdom's worst floods in decades gushing into Bangkok, ordering the city's sluice gates to be opened to tackle the "national crisis".

"We cannot block the water forever," a sombre-looking Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, told reporters, in the biggest test so far of her fledgling administration.

"The longer we block the water the higher it gets. We need areas that water can be drained through so the water can flow out to the sea," added Yingluck, who in recent days has appeared to be showing signs of strain.

"I have decided to ask Bangkok to open all gates, which could trigger an overflow, in order to drain water into the sea as soon as possible," she said.

The prospect of serious flooding in the capital triggered a new rush to stock up on food and bottled water, while motorists parked hundreds of cars on bridges or elevated roads, prompting a police warning to move them.

Bangkok has so far escaped major flooding after the authorities reinforced floodwalls and diverted water to areas outside the capital to protect the country's political and economic heartland.

But a massive volume of run-off water is expected to reach the city by the weekend. It is hoped the water will run through Bangkok's many canals and out into the sea, but if there is too much water the waterways will overflow.

"Flood waters are coming from every direction and we cannot control them because it's a huge amount of water. We will try to warn people," said Yingluck, a political novice before taking office barely two months ago.

"This problem is very overwhelming. It's a national crisis so I hope to get cooperation from everybody."

Three months of heavy monsoon rains in Thailand have killed 320 people, damaged the homes and livelihoods of millions of people, mostly in the north and centre, and forced tens of thousands to seek refuge in shelters.

Currently, about one-third of Thailand's provinces are affected.

The opposition Democrats are calling on the government to declare a state of emergency to make it easier to control people and stop them damaging dykes to ease the flooding in their own areas.

Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra warned on Wednesday that seven districts in northern and eastern Bangkok were at risk of inundation because of a broken dyke.

He advised residents in those areas to unplug electrical appliances, move belongings to higher ground and study the city's evacuation plan, saying they had 24 hours to prepare for possible flooding.

"We are aware that floodwater is likely to pass through eastern parts of Bangkok," said Bangkok Metropolitan Administration spokesman Jate Sopitpongsthorn.

He said the runoff water was expected to reach Rangsit canal on the northern edge of the city overnight Thursday-Friday.

Bangkok has an extensive drainage system including 200 floodgates, 158 pump stations, seven giant underground tunnels and 1,682 canals covering 2,604 kilometres (1,618 miles), according to the city authorities.

Tens of thousands of soldiers and police have been mobilised to prevent people destroying flood defences.

The authorities have failed to protect a number of major industrial parks from the gushing brown water, which has inundated hundreds of factories outside Bangkok, disrupting production of cars, electronics and other goods.

The government says more than half a million people have been left without work.

Most of Thailand's main tourist attractions -- including the southern islands of Samui, Phuket and Phi Phi -- have been unaffected. 

Bangkok's main airport is still operating as normal and its flood defences have been reinforced.

 



-- Edited by Roaming reporter on Thursday 20th of October 2011 06:04:54 PM

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flooding update October 20, 2011: New flooding maps, and details on threat to inner Bangkok

Here’s the latest as of 4 p.m. Bangkok time today, October 20, 2011:

Summary

  • Officials are now saying parts of inner Bangkok are under threat — while it had seemed a few days ago that the worst had passed.
  • Prime Minster Yingluck seems increasingly to be coming under pressure as critics question the government’s methods in dealing with the floodwaters.

New maps

The BBC has this basic map today that shows which parts of Bangkok are most at risk:

2011 10 20 bangkok flooding map bbc

The Bangkok Post today has this map and an accompanying story:

2011 10 20 bangkok flood map bkk post

Meanwhile, this one, labeled Thailand Flood Monitoring System, provides additional information. Most of the site is in Thai, but the map is in English. Below is a screen capture:

2011 10 20 bangkok flooding map

The map is online here.

Here’s another map that seems to provide a visual representation of the parts of central Thailand and greater Bangkok that have been hit. Here’s a screen cap:

2011 10 20 thailand flooding map2

The map is online here.



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link to flood map for Central Bangkok (NOT Thailand BANGKOK) 

THE LINK IS SET AT SEA WATER 1MTR 

you can change the location, zoom in/out or change the water level

it is suggsted (only suggested) Bangkok could have a 1mtr high flood, check the link and see where that water level may happen in Bangkok

 



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17.14 Bangkok Governor: All 50 districts must brace for flood


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BANGKOK, Oct 26 - Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Wednesday warned city dwellers in all 50 districts to brace for flooding as a significant portion of the backed up floodwater from the North is arriving the capital tonight.

The governor made the announcement as he inspected the water level in Chao Phraya River, which he said is likely to be at 2.40 metres above mean sea level.

Mr Sukhumbhand alerted the public that floodwater from the North is also arriving Bangkok Wednesday night, bringing the situation to a critical point.

The governor said he has instructed all 50 districts to be prepared for flooding and expressed concern for 13 specially at-risk areas along the Chao Phraya River, as well as districts in northern and eastern Bangkok, including Lad Krabang, Nong Chok, Min Buri, Khlong Sam Wa, Khan Na Yao, Bang Khen, Sai Mai, Don Mueang, Chatuchak, and Bang Sue.

City Hall will assess the situation again this evening before announcing whether it will declare further warnings for other areas, according to the governor.

Meanwhile, flooding at Don Mueang Airport housing the Relief Operations Centre (FROC) on Wednesday reportedly expanded, covering almost 90 per cent of the runways, according to a Thai News Agency (TNA) report.

The FROC distribution centre of essential items located at the airport cargo facility, has not yet been hit, and about ten large and medium-size commercial aircraft were seen parked at the runway.

TNA said concerned officials sped up moving donated materials piled on the first floor of the airport compound to Supachalasai National Stadium in inner Bangkok adjacent to Mah Boon Krong and reinforced flood prevention dykes with sandbags.

The large numbers of volunteers who had earlier helped pack relief packages at Don Meuang were markedly reduced as the airport was enveloped by floodwater. (MCOT online news)

 



-- Edited by Roaming reporter on Wednesday 26th of October 2011 09:29:44 PM

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Best summary of the Flood with ENGLISH SUB-TITLES

 

 

to view the best map that shows flood saturation and CCTV cameras in Bangkok 

 



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