Bangkok districts brace for flooding

10 Oct 2011

Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today that workers in some Bangkok districts may be too late in finishing flood wall defences. Floods from monsoon rain run-off from Thailand’s northern regions has already inundated towns such as Ayutthaya and Nakon Sawan just north of Bangkok and city authorities are now racing against time to complete the defences beside upstream areas of the Chao Phraya River.   

Floodwalls will be put up in Taling Chan district at the back of Mahidol University, Rangsit Khlong and Pathum Thani’s Muang Ake housing complex. It is hoped that the sandbag walls will divert floodwaters around the central part of Bangkok to canals on the east side and the Tha Chin River on the west.

The prime minister spoke to reporters after meeting with officials at the flood support centre at Don Muang Airport this morning. She said that the Rangsit Khlong floodwall alone would require the use of 1.5 million sandbags and that there was a shortage of them.

The government plans to buy more bags from private companies. The man who is currently heading up the flood relief efforts, justice minister Pracha Promnok, said he hoped that the floodwalls would be in place before Thursday or the capital city’s central areas may well be flooded.

Agriculture minister Theera Wongsamut said heavy rainfall had lessened and that the Chao Phraya River should be able to channel the floods heading from the north out to the Gulf of Thailand. He added that the only weak points in the flood defences were where the government was building extra walls.

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