Bangkok prepares for monsoon floods


BANGKOK, July 21 — Water drainage as well as garbage collection have been completed in more than 70 per cent of the total area in the Thai capital out of concern for possible flooding during the current monsoon season, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials said Sunday.

More than 600 BMA workers and housing estate residents in Bangkok’s Thawi Watthana district joined together to collect garbage and draining a canal connecting with Thawi Watthana canal, a key Bangkok drainage conduit, in an attempt to allow rainwater to enter the canal easily.

BMA Deputy Permanent Secretary Sanya Chinimit said Sunday’s work was carried out under the BMA’s plan to prevent flooding in Bangkok and outlying areas.

Thawi Watthana Canal connects Bangkok with Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon provinces and residents living near the canal suffered tremendously during the major flooding in late 2011.

Mr Sanya said people living in all nine districts in Thon Buri side should help clear waterways and drainage canals.

As the monsoon season has just started, Mr Sanya said the amount of rain volume is still uncertain because more storms could enter Thailand later this year.