627 Bangkok communities under water

national October 15, 2011 00:00

By The Nation

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As of press time yesterday, 627 communities had been flooded in Bangkok, with water levels as high as 70 centimetres in some spots. These flood-hit areas are in 20 of Bangkok's 50 districts.

The worst-hit spots are in Klong Sam Wa district in the east of Bangkok, where flood levels range between 30cm and 70cm. Some zones in inner Bangkok, such as Phra Nakhon, Dusit, Sathorn and Yan Nawa, are also flooded. 

Officials of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) are rushing to pile up sandbags along waterways that look set to swell or overflow. They are also handing out relief items, including medicines, to flood victims. 
The BMA has designated 96 schools in 17 districts as possible shelters for up to 19,400 evacuees. 
Masses of water are expected to hit the capital from the North today and downpours have also been forecast. 
After checking the level of the Chao Phraya River near the capital’s largest flower market, Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said it was higher yesterday than the 2010 peak. 
“It has risen to 2.13 metres above the median sea level,” he said.
Last year, the river’s highest level in Bangkok stood at just 2.10 metres. 
“We have to get ready to evacuate people living near the embankments,” Sukhumbhand said, adding that the situation would be most worrying from today to Monday. 

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