It’s going to be a dreary week for many parts of Thailand, and Bangkok is facing flash flooding
Thailand’s Meteorological Department has forecast constant rain across the country for the entire week, including Bangkok. This is after tropical storm Dianmu yesterday flooded 27 provinces.
The low-lying provinces in the country also face the danger of runoff from the north, as the Chao Phraya River threatens to overflow.
The Royal Irrigation Department has also issued warnings to provinces under the Chao Phraya Dam as the reservoir releases about 2,500 cubic meters of water per second.
At the time of writing, the level of the Chao Phraya River in the Pak Khlong Talat area of Bangkok was about 1.55 meters above mean sea level, which is still about 1.45 meters below the river bank.
During the major floods of 2011, the river had risen 2.3 meters above sea level.
Although the water level is not yet at critical levels, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said city officials are vigilant and are taking steps to protect vulnerable areas between Rama VII Bridge and Bang Na. He said the locks and the Chao Phraya pumping station are being closely monitored.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has also put standby pumps, boats and sandbags on standby and has staff on hand to deal with flash flood problems.
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