BMA urges residents of Taling Chan, Lak Si to evacuate
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has declared Taling Chan and Lak Si districts as flood-risk zones while suggesting residents to evacuate to temporary shelters as flooding continues to worsen.
During a press conference at the Bangkok City Hall, Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra stated that the flood situation in the capital still remained critical as the northern runoff was continuing its way toward the inner city while more high tides were expected in the Chao Phraya River. Therefore, all residents of Taling Chan and Lak Si districts are encouraged to immediately evacuate from their homes to nearby flood shelters set up by the BMA.
The BMA earlier issued an announcement designating Chim Phli, Taling Chan and Bang Ramad sub-districts of Taling Chan as areas to be specially monitored for inundation. However, the evacuation became necessary for the entire district as well as Lak Si, which borders Don Mueang, after the flood situation was found to be growing more severe.
The water in the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok on Sunday surged to a record high of 2.53 meters, overflowing onto several riverside roads. The lower Hok Wa and Thawi Watthana Canals experienced an increase of another 8 centimeters while Prem Prachakorn Canal also saw a 10-centimeter rise.
BANGKOK, 31 October 2011 (NNT) – Reporter : Surapan Laotharanarit
News Date : 31 October 2011