Bangkok governor warns residents in Taling Chan district to be prepared for evacuation

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BANGKOK, Oct 30 – Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Sunday warned residents of Taling Chan district to be prepared for evacuation after the water continues to rise.

The warning was issued for Taling Chan district’s three sub-districts – Chimplee, Taling Chan and Bangramad.

Residents in these areas were advised to keep abreast with the latest situation and be prepared for possible evacuation.

The same warning was also posted for areas along Klong Song, Klong Thanon, Klong Bangbua, Klong Lat Phrao, Klong Prem Prachakorn in Laksi, Lat Phrao, Chatuchak, and Bang Khen districts.

Regarding the overall flood situation, the governor said the water level in the capital’s main river, the Chao Phraya River hit a record high of 2.53 metres above mean sea level at 9.15 am Sunday, triggered by high sea tide. Water overflowed the dyke to flood Song Wat Road, Sam Sen Road.

Meanwhile, the water level in Klong Hok Wa Sai Lang and Klong Thawi Watthana has risen by eight centimetres.

Flooding in the northern district of Don Mueang has covered nearly all areas after an earthen dyke under the traffic bridge over Klong Rangsit on Phaholyothin Raod in Pathum Thani was breached by floodwaters.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) requested support from the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) to provide security for city hall officials to repair the dyke.

Local residents reportedly dismantled the dyke to release floods from the area of their homes and threatened officials who were trying to repair the dyke.

Besides city hall’s attempts to tackle the flood problem, in Bang Phlat district it is attempting to collect a large amount of garbage and will use Effective Microorganism (EM) balls to treat the foul water.

Four garbage trucks have broken down due to 70-80 cms deep flood. The city hall may use boats to collect garbage instead.

As flooding has hit many districts in the capital, 10,343 evacuees have taken refuge in the BMA’s temporary shelters at about 430 schools in the capital.

About 400 others moved to temporary shelters in the provinces after ten temporary shelters in four districts of Sai Mai, Don Mueang, Klong Sam Wa and Thawi Wattana where closed due to flood.