Bangkok confirmed safe from floods with more dykes being built urgently

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BANGKOK, 14 October 2011  – Justice Minister Police General Pracha Promnog, in his capacity as director of the Flood Relief Operations Center (FROC), has reaffirmed that Bangkok will be safe from floods.

The minister said at a press conference this morning that the FROC gave highest priority to the protection of Bangkok which is the major economic center, and the situation was currently under control.

According to Pol Gen Pracha, Bangkok is establishing three flood dykes, one of which is in Pathum Thani Province at Kilometer 6 near Muang Aek area. The construction has been under joint responsibilities of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Royal Thai Army, which should assure Bangkok people of the dyke’s efficiency.

The second flood wall has already been raised from Thawee Watthana Canal to Salaya District in Nakhon Pathom Province. The government is strengthening the dyke at its base and adding height to it to ensure flood prevention efficiency. The third floodwall is being built in Rangsit area along Rangsit Canals 1 to 8. Moreover, the government has ordered construction of another flood dyke to fortify the third floodwall. The additional dyke will be 24 kilometers long running from the Pratunam Phra-in floodgate to Raphiphat Canal. The construction started today and is expected to complete in two days’ time.