Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday issued a disaster warning for Bangkok, consolidating power for flood control and drainage.
Yingluck invoked the 2007 Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act to oversee flood control in lieu of declaring a state of emergency.
Under her instructions, the topmost priority for flood control is to speed up the drainage of run-off into the sea via East Bangkok.
The government is to coordinate with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to operate all sluice gates in the capital in order to rein in the water flow.
The armed forces would be in charge of maintaining and defending the royal-initiated dykes and levees.