Thursday, October 13, 2011

Parts of Bangkok in imminent danger of flooding

A man holding a child on the roof of a submerged house as rescue personnel arrive to help evacuate them from the flooded area in Ayutthaya province in Thailand. At least 261 people have been killed. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has also postponed her official visit to Malaysia and Singapore.

Water woes: Floods and the global economic slowdown have affected Thailand’s factory output and exports, causing the government to lower this year’s growth forecast. – Reuters

Thailand Warns Bangkok Residents to Prepare for Flood Crisis
A woman uses a CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. automated teller machine behind a sandbag barrier in Bangkok. - Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

BANGKOK: Some parts of Bangkok are in imminent danger of flooding as the overall flood situation in the country remained critical with at least 900 factories hit, affecting some 200,000 workers.
Spokesman of the Flood Relief Centre, Wim Rungwattanajind, said the areas at risk were some parts of the four districts in the capital - Minburi, Nongjok, Ladkrabang and Clongsarmwa.
"Water from some canals in the four districts almost overflowed today," he said.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which is located near the Ladkrabang district, however, is still safe from floods.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the inner part of the capital should be safe as efforts had been made to divert excessive floodwaters from the area into retention ponds and the sea.
Bangkok is facing triple threats as floodwater run off from the north and central region are expected to reach the capital between Oct 14 and 16, weather forecast of storm and heavy rain as well as the threat of high sea tide during the period.
All out efforts are being made to save Bangkok, which is the federal government administrative centre, business and financial hub and home to millions.
Floods from the north and central regions have reached neighbouring Bangkok provinces such as Phatum Thani, Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom and Samut Prakan in the last 48 hours.
About 40 percent of the country is still inundated, with 2.2 million people from more than 10,000 villages in 30 provinces in the north and central regions affected by the floods which hit the country in stages, since last July.
The death toll has risen to 281.
Industry Minister Wannarat Channukul said at least 900 factories have been flooded, affecting more than 200,000 workers, thus far.
The overall damage has yet to be ascertained but, for Ayutthaya province alone, the Federation of Thai Industries in Ayutthaya estimated the damage in the region of 50bil Baht (about RM5bil) as some 300 factories were affected by the floods there.
The floods have also impacted some 1.5 million hectares of agricultural land and 9.9 million livestock. - Bernama

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