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Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, faces flooding

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Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, faces flooding

The capital Bangkok is gearing up to deal with drains from the north as seven districts on the banks of the Chao Phraya River are urged to prepare for potential flooding.

Yesterday, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang checked the flood embankment along the Chao Phraya River, from Rama 7 Bridge to Bang Na district, about 78.95 kilometres long, and placed sandbags in the area without embankment. All 97 water pumping stations along the riverbanks were also checked for readiness, with equipment and personnel to provide round-the-clock assistance in the event of immediate flooding.

The governor has ordered the people in seven districts beyond the bank of Chao Phraya River, namely Dusit, Phra Nakhon, Samphanthawong, Bang Kho Laem, Yannawa, Bangkok Noi and Khlong San, to move their things to higher places in order to mitigate the damage in the event of flooding.

“The National Water Command Center has assessed the amount of cumulative rainfall in the upper Chao Phraya and Pasak basins. More water from the higher parts of the Chao Phraya River is expected to flow over the Chao Phraya Dam until tomorrow, October 5, which could have serious consequences for the areas beyond the dike,” the governor said.

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