BMA worries about overflowing water in Chao Phraya River

September 26th, 2008 - 1:57 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) calls for the speed reduction of boats and ferries operating along Chao Phraya River, especially on September 28th in an effort to prevent water overflowing into dwellers’ residences along the river bank.

BMA Permanent Secretary Phongsak Semsant (พงศ์ศักติฐ์ เสมสันต์) says on September 28th, water level in Chao Phraya River will be higher to hit at 1.60 meter, adding that high speed boats and ferries can result in huge tidal waves in the river. He says there are at the moment 30 communities in total situated outside the dam of Chao Phraya River, and these communities are affected by tidal waves from the river every year.

Mr. Phongsak claims at the moment, more than 1,000 households are submerged, caused by the tidal waves. He adds that BMA has dispatched medical team to assist affected residents, adding that medicines to prevent diseases that come along with stagnant water were also handed out to them.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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