PM concerned over flooding in Bangkok’s Don Mueang, Laksi


BANGKOK, Oct 23 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is concerned over the water situation in Don Mueang and Laksi, saying repairs of flood barrier at Klong Prapa is expected to be completed on Sunday.

Water from Klong Prapa has breached the dyke and overflowed in some areas, causing flooding in Don Mueang and Lak Si.

The prime minister assured that tap water is still safe and the government has a plan to handle the situation if there is any problem about tap water supply. The water in Klong Prapa is used to produce tap water.

Ms Yingluck also said she ordered traffic police to help monitor all flood-prone areas in Bangkok and dispelled a rumour that the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) will be moved to eastern province of Chonburi if the centre, now headquartered at Don Mueang Airport, is hit by flood.

The water level in Klong Prapa has slightly dropped on Sunday and the flood water on Chaengwattana Road has reduced but the affected area has extended to Mongkutwattana Hospital.

Flooding remained on Songprapa Road in Don Mueang.  At a major fresh market on Songprapa Road, prices of vegetable, fruit and meat has increased while eggs have been in short supply for about two days.

Meanwhile, floodwater at Bang Kra Bue intersection has dropped to knee height from waist height, while flooding on Samsen road has receded on Sunday.

Officials fortified sand embankment to prevent more overflow of water.

Power is still cut off and some local residents moved to a temporary shelter at Rajinibon school.

The water level from the Chao Phraya River overflowed to Bang Krabue intersection and Samsen Road after Thakiewkaika dyke breached on Saturday.

In Klong Hokwa, where the Bangkok metropolitan administration has built 9-kilometre flood barrier to prevent floods from entering Bangkok’s northern district of Sai Mai, where the water level has risen 50 centimetre to just 25 centimetres below the top level of the dyke.