Flooding in Bangkok under control

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BANGKOK, 30 September 2011 -Deputy BMA Spokesperson Mr. Wasan Meewong said the flood situation was under control and that Bangkok was ready to handle inland flooding. 

Following the satellite image of 13 areas that are at risk of being flooded, Mr. Wasan said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration would like to express its gratitude towards those who had been providing people with updates and warnings so that they were able to prepare for the worse.

Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra has instructed related agencies to keep the situation under surveillance around the clock in risk areas. District officials have been told to provide assistance to people living outside the flood walls.

In addition, the flood walls have been erected at 2.50 meter higher than the sea level while sandbags have been placed where the water levels in the Chao Phraya River are 2.80-3 meters high. Draining mechanisms will be ready to bring down the water level in every canal in anticipation of the runoff from the North reaching Bangkok.

Another 21 Monkey Cheek reservoirs have been prepared to contain 12.75 million cubic meters of water. Bangkok residents have been told not to panic as the situation is under control.