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Friday, October 21, 2011

Bangkok to be flooded

Updated: 21 October 2011

From a 90% chance of no flood in Bangkok yesterday, seems that we are going to a 90% chance that Bangkok will be flooded as the City Hall agreed today to open the canals for drainage - 21 October 2011.

The floods are the worst that Thailand met in at least 5 decades. It is estimated that  water will flow into the Bangkok city area tonight (Friday). Government is trying to channel it out to the sea through the eastern and western outskirts of the capital.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has agreed to help drain northern runoff into the sea through the city's canals as parts of Don Muang and Laksi districts were declared flood-risk zones yesterday.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra last night issued a flood warning to residents in Thung Si Kan and Don Muang subdistricts in Don Muang district and Thung Song Hong subdistrict in Laksi district.

It is the second warning from the governor in addition to the first order made on Wednesday to seven other districts, but the previous warning was for people to relocate their belongings to high ground only.

He advised people in the three subdistricts to take shelter at Wat Donmuang, Prachautid, Wat Welu Wanaram, Bumrungrawiwanwittaya, Prempracha, and Phahon Yothin schools in Don Muang and Tungsonghong Witthaya, Bangkhen, Kehatungsonghong Witthaya, Wat Laksi and Kankahathasai schools in Laksi.

The governor said the second warning was in response to water overflowing along Khlong Prapa and leaks in barriers in Laksi.
Bangkok draining out map

The announcement came hours after City Hall and the goverment agreed to a plan to drain the northern runoff through Bangkok's canals.

MR Sukhumbhand said yesterday that all the flood gates in Bangkok had been opened to accommodate the government's flood management plan.

A lot of people choose to park the cars on the express ways for the fear of floods. 

This is taken near Rangsit market which is flooded

Previous days updates
1. Bangkok flooding unavoidable :
2. Eastern Bangkok sacrificed :

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