BMA stages a flood drill to cope with future disasters

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BANGKOK, 31 July 2012  – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, in collaboration with 25 other related agencies, has staged a flood emergency drill in the capital as part of the flood response measures. 

Bangkok governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra yesterday presided over a flood drill, held in order to ensure that a real-life emergency evacuation will be conducted smoothly and successfully.

The emergency drill was held in Bang Plat district which is one of the areas severely affected by last year’s flood crisis.

The drill consists of four parts, namely an alert system, an evacuation to temporary shelters, an emergency relief programme, and a scenario-based demonstration of flood control operations.

During the drill, sandbags were lined under Rama VIII bridge along the Chaopraya river. District officers and policemen were at the site to offer hands-on advice to residents in case the sandbags were removed from the river banks.