Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Bangkok Governor: Northern run-off subsides but Bangkok is still careful

BKK governor: Northern run-off subsides but BKK is still careful

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the flood water level remains high and tends to flow into other areas of Bangkok. However, it is estimated that there might probably be no more northern run-off as water flows become more stable in contrast with the rapid flows in the beginning. However, he insisted on being careful with good preparations.

According to MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the flooding in Bangkok during the last two days saw devastating impact on the city’s outskirts. However, it is possible that the northern run-off is nearly over, judging from a calmer flow of water which is different from the furious and fast tides early this week. The governor called on all the 50 districts to stay prepared in case the situation changes for the worse.

As for the drainage system controlled by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), sluice gates are opened all the time while water pumping stations are also put to work 24 hours a day. This includes water pumps in Bang Khen area. Moreover, natural waterways are used to drain water to the eastern and western sides of the capital.

Regarding frequent conflicts concerning flood walls, the governor said attempts have always been made to negotiate with conflicting groups of people. He added that if the BMA has to repair the embankments outside its zones of responsibilities such as the sluice gate near Phahon Yothin Road, Pathum Thani province, it has to call in security units to prevent possible protests.

BANGKOK, 31 October 2011 (NNT) – Reporter : Boonyanut Chompan
News Date : 31 October 2011

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