BMC actions prevents flooding in metropolis

August 28th, 2008 - 1:25 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Department of Drainage and Sewage under the Bangkok Metropolitan Council (BMC) forecasts flooding will not devastate the Bangkok metropolis this year due to a lower rain volume. The department reports that only 40 percent of rain has been seen and dams in the central region of Thailand contain less water, compared to previous years.

In this connection, Mr. Sutha Nitiphanont (สุธา นิติภานนท์), a member of the Bangkok Metropolitan Council’s office in Phasi Cahroen (ภาษีเจริญ) district and the president of the Traffic, Transport and Drainage committee, asserts that less rain and less dam water will not deter metropolitan authorities from draining water out of residential areas in the capital city.

To prevent flooding conditions, Mr. Sutha says the department is recording rain gauges and excavating canals to easily release water. Mr. Sutha says the department has anticipated that serious tidal surges may not occur this year, adding that only small tidal waves may hit coastal areas.

Despite the Department of Drainage and Sewage’s prediction of the small chance for tidal surge this year, the BMC is well prepared for unexpected incidents caused by potential surges. Mr. Sutha says the department will also monitor tropical storms and residents in risky areas will receive warnings at least 5 to 7 days in advance.

Mr. Sutha says that evacuation training will be held as well, adding that the BMC has ordered drainage tunnels to be constructed in the eastern part of Bangkok, including the districts of Lat Krabang (ลาดกระบัง), Nong Chok (หนองจอก), and Meen Buri (มีนบุรี). The Department of Drainage and Sewage may be required to conduct a feasibility study of drainage construction in the districts of Prawet (ประเวศ) and Bang Na.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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