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Monday, October 17, 2011

Thailand under water - heavy flooding

Thailand under water - heavy flooding (daily report of Thai floods 2011)

Further updates are here:


I found out in the Thai flooding news that the flood protection dyke at Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate has five metre rupture so The National Flood Relief Centre announces halt of factory operations at Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate, orders evacuation of the workers and nearby residents in this area.

While trying to protect the capital Bangkok and the industrial sites the high tide causes 1-2 metre flood in Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi - another barrier shored up to protect Navanakorn Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani.

Bangkok governor, Mr. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, has calmed fears over heavy floods in the capital, he said that the situation is not yet critical even tho water levels in the Chao Phraya river hit a record yesterday (Sunday)


The Factory Land Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya's Wang Noi district, the last factory in Ayutthaya which had earlier survived flooding, has finally succumbed to flood Sunday.
Currently, all five industrial estates in Ayutthaya are under water, including four industrial estates - Saha Rattana Nakhon, Bang Pa-in, Rojana, and Hi-Tech - earlier hit by flooding. All five industrial estates are valued at about 200 billion baht in total investment capital and employ more than 200,000 workers.

Meanwhile, the National Flood Relief Centre is still confident that Navanakhon Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani can be spared from flooding.

Chances for precipitations are high (60%-80%) in the next days in Thailand. In the same time the Prime Minister instructed authorities to hastily dredge the canals in West of Bangkok for discharging the flood water into the sea via the ThaChin river and so to prevent flooding of the Bangkok city.

Many of the car owners in Bangkok decided to park their car(s) in the public parkings (shopping malls, Suwarmabhumi airport and more) for keeping it safe in case of flood.

Khon Kaen has been declared a disaster zone as the water dam is under high pressure from the water being at a very high level.

The Hi-Tech industrial Estate in Ayutthaya is now flooded and it can not be protected. Day by day waters are coming towards Bangkok more and more. “The government will do its best to protect the city, but we can only build the barrier,” said Kittiratt, who last week described the deluge as the worst in at least 50 years. “If the water level exceeds the barrier, there is a chance the inner part of Bangkok will be flooded.”

It is still about a 10% chances that Bangkok inner city will be more or less flooded, authorities mentioned that they would issue warnings tho.

There were several parking spaces made available for the cars, for example Suwarnaphumi airport has a large parking building which is made available to the citizen who wants to park their cars as flooding came in many areas of country and Bangkok.

On another side Thailand's Prime Minister can not confirm that Bangkok can escape the flood, due to uncontrolled factors - says government doing its best. Now the government has ordered every available measure be taken to protect Bangkok's inner-city commercial and residential districts from flooding as torrents of northern run-off began to sweep through floodwalls in outer suburbs, inundating many communities.

Residents from Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao were warned on Wednesday (11.Oct) to watch out for more flooding.

Northern run-off is expected to reach Bangkok between Friday and Monday at a time when there are also expected to be high sea tides.

A total of 281 people were confirmed dead and two people were missing in the floods that have inundated many provinces since July 25, Wibul Sanguanpong, director general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said on Wednesday.

Here is a link from BBC showing the flooding in pictures:

I was informed this morning that the flooding water reached Bangkok around Bang Bua Thong region and in some places the water is up to knees level as the Chao Phraya river fury continues. In Nakhon Sawan province (North of Bangkok) the municipal authorities and soldiers were racing to salvage the province's economic centre after the Chao Phraya River burst through an embankment in the heart of the city yesterday morning.

See here a video with Ayutthaya (old capital) flooded - not far from Bangkok.

Currently, as 10th of October 2011, many of Thailand's provinces are flooded due to the heavy rain which caused the Chao Phraya river to flow out. Ayutthaya province seems the most affected by the flooding including factories which had to stop working and world heritage sites which are endangered now. There are several provinces under water and the danger gets closer to Bangkok.

About 261 people have died since late July in flood-related incidents, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said. Some 2.3 million people have been affected in the worst flooding to hit parts of Thailand in 50 years, mainly in the centre, north and northeast.

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Heavy clouds on Bangkok downtown; in the background is Bayoke Sky Tower, tallest building in Thailand.
Bangkok loaded with heavy rain clouds - 2011

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