Flood Situation in Bangkok, Thailand

Rising water in Klong Rangsit is likely to enter northern Bangkok’s Klong Hok Wa in Sai Mai district around midnight on Friday, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said this morning.

However, he said the water situation in Bangkok is not yet in crisis and there is no need to declare additional at-risk zones to the seven districts already announced Wednesday.

The Bangkok governor Wednesday declared seven districts of the Thai capital to be on alert for the approaching northern flood run-off, and advised residents of Sai Mai, Klong Samwa, Bang Khen, Nong Chok, Min Buri, Lat Krabang, Kannayao districts to move their valuable possessions to upper floors.

The governor also asked the government to help save other vulnerable areas located outside the BMA’s authority, saying the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is working to pump water from overflowing Klong Prapa which caused flooding on some roads in Chang Wattana, Ngamwongwan and Prachachuen areas early Thursday. Flood water in Klong Prapa arrived from Pathum Thani.

The Klong Prapa overflow has receded and Justice Minister Pracha Promnok, who directs the flood relief operation center, said the water situation in Klong Prapa is under control.

Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Sumet Photimanee, chairman of Airports of Thailand (AoT), on Thursday expressed confidence that Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports were well-prepared to prevent floodwater from intruding into their respective compounds.

Currently, Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country’s main international airport, has a 3.5 metre-high flood prevention wall, the AoT chairman explained, admitting that he was still worried about areas in the north of Don Mueang Airport which may yet be collecting larger amounts of northern run-off.

To brace for the possibility for full-scale flooding, Don Mueang Airport authorities built an additional temporary embankment with some 10,000 sandbags.

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