Bangkok braces for annual flooding

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floods ayutthayaLike every year before the end of the monsoon season, Thailand’s capital and its surrounding areas are bracing for floods, no matter what promises the government had made a year earlier on flood prevention measures and water management solutions.

The city’s flood prevention center said on October 3 that about 80 per cent of Bangkok and nearby provinces would get rain throughout October 4 and possibly the following weekend..

Many areas of the capital had seen heavy rain since the night of October 3. Main roads, such as Phahon Yothin, Kaset-Navamin, Lad Prao, Rama IV, Chaeng Wattana and Ngam Wong Wan were flooded, which caused heavy  traffic congestion.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said more than 850 households in 25 communities could be hit by flooding as water levels in the Chao Phraya river are expected to increase in the middle of October. The governor said water levels could rise by two meters above sea level on October 15 and 16 due to water run-off from the North.

Flood walls stretching more than 86 kilometers along the river banks would be completed only by 2014, he said.

A survey conducted by Bangkok Poll shows that 54 per cent of respondents are concerned that floods would hit the capital again this year, though the situation would not be as critical as it was in 2011. The Bangkok University pollsters based their conclusions on a survey of 1,190 people living and working in the city.

A total of 48.7 per cent of respondents said reports on flooding in several provinces have made them increasingly concerned about possible floods in Bangkok.

The government has said that Bangkok would likely be spared from major flooding this year, and said a repeat of the massive flooding of 2011, in which 813 people were killed nationwide and economic losses topped $40 billion, was “unlikely”.

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Like every year before the end of the monsoon season, Thailand’s capital and its surrounding areas are bracing for floods, no matter what promises the government had made a year earlier on flood prevention measures and water management solutions.

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floods ayutthayaLike every year before the end of the monsoon season, Thailand’s capital and its surrounding areas are bracing for floods, no matter what promises the government had made a year earlier on flood prevention measures and water management solutions.

The city’s flood prevention center said on October 3 that about 80 per cent of Bangkok and nearby provinces would get rain throughout October 4 and possibly the following weekend..

Many areas of the capital had seen heavy rain since the night of October 3. Main roads, such as Phahon Yothin, Kaset-Navamin, Lad Prao, Rama IV, Chaeng Wattana and Ngam Wong Wan were flooded, which caused heavy  traffic congestion.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said more than 850 households in 25 communities could be hit by flooding as water levels in the Chao Phraya river are expected to increase in the middle of October. The governor said water levels could rise by two meters above sea level on October 15 and 16 due to water run-off from the North.

Flood walls stretching more than 86 kilometers along the river banks would be completed only by 2014, he said.

A survey conducted by Bangkok Poll shows that 54 per cent of respondents are concerned that floods would hit the capital again this year, though the situation would not be as critical as it was in 2011. The Bangkok University pollsters based their conclusions on a survey of 1,190 people living and working in the city.

A total of 48.7 per cent of respondents said reports on flooding in several provinces have made them increasingly concerned about possible floods in Bangkok.

The government has said that Bangkok would likely be spared from major flooding this year, and said a repeat of the massive flooding of 2011, in which 813 people were killed nationwide and economic losses topped $40 billion, was “unlikely”.

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