BANGKOK, 9 October 2013 – Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Tuesday ordered sluice gates to be raised higher to release water from Pathumthani to the north of Bangkok, in order to help disperse the water mass into the sea.
M.R. Sukhumbhand on Tuesday inspected the water levels at the Song Sai Tai canal, the Song Sam Wa canal, and the Saen Saeb canal in the capital city, and said afterwards that the water level at one of the sluice gates was below critical level. Thus, he ordered the gate to be raised to 30 centimeters from 10 centimeters previously. This was done to help absorb water flow from Pathumthani province as well as some outlying areas of Bangkok.
According to the Governor, the water levels near 25 riverside communities, most of which are located along sections of the Chao Phraya river that have not been reinforced with water barriers, remain under constant monitoring by City Hall officials.