Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Massive floodwater approaching inner Bangkok

BANGKOK: As of Monday, massive bodies of floodwater are moving closer to the heart of Bangkok while flood levels in already inundated areas are rising, reports Thai News Agency (TNA).

Flood water from Rangsit area of Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Pathum Thani has inundated the inbound lanes of Vibhavadi Rangsit road at a section from the National Memorial to Don Mueang airport. 

Rising waters in front of the airport’s departure terminal is believed to be threatening the government’s Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC), which is inside the airport. 

Localised flooding is also expanding at the Rangsit campus of Thammasat University since crisis there began last Saturday. The first floor of the campus gymnasium that functioned as an evacuation center is now flooded. 

About 4,000evacuees are being relocated to the Rajamangala Stadium inner Bangkok’s Hua Markarea.

Moving out of Bangkok, the crisis is still far from over in many provinces of the lower north, central and northeast, despite decreasing water levels in some areas.

In Phichit province, over 90 homes in Ban Noenyung village of Rangnok sub-district has been isolated from floods reaching over three meters deep.

In Nakhon Sawan, residents have remained on the edge despite easing floods, water levels of the Ping and the Chao Phraya rivers running through the province have been rising.

In Chai Nat, localised flooding that began in mid-September has begun to subside along with the level of the Chao Phraya river in the province. The amount of damage has yet to be evaluated, but dozens of bridges, roads, communities and government offices have spoken clearly of the devastation.

In the north eastern province of Kalasin, strong flood currents have destroyed dykes along the local Chi river and pummeled into Kamalasai district, and its Lam Chi, Khong Chai and Chao Tha sub-districts.

Traffic on Highway No. 214 at a section from Kamalasai to Roi Et province has reportedly been forbidden by floods of over one meter deep. - Bernama/TNA

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