BMA being prepared for storm surgeAugust 18th, 2008 - 4:45 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Following a workshop seminar in preventing flooding conditions in the metropolitan, Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayothin (อภิรักษ์ โกษะโยธิน) revealed that personnel from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) were required to receive training to be prepared for possible storm surges.
Despite the Hydrographic Department’s warning of an ongoing storm in the Gulf of Thailand, Governor Apirak personally did not believe that expected tidal surges would hit coastal areas nor cause a huge deluge in Bangkok. He said if the deadly waves would hit Bangkok, the BMA would send a warning to residents 4 to 6 days in advance.
According to the department, storm or tidal surges is an offshore rise of water associated with a low pressure weather system, typically a tropical typhoon. The surge can occur during the transition between the rainy and winter season due to northeastern monsoons.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand