Thailand:Floods spread in Bangkok
Laaska News Nov. 5 ,2011
A large amount of flood water north of Bangkok is slowly spreading downstream, disrupting roads and other facilities.
The water that seriously damaged industrial parks in the middle of Thailand is moving south toward central Bangkok.
The height of the water covering a downtown area about 7 kilometers from the city center reached 30 to 40 centimeters on Saturday.
Police officers are alerting drivers, as traffic is being controlled on more and more main roads that are submerged.
Subways are still running, but most of the entrances near the downtown area are closed to keep the water from flowing into the stations.
The water is believed to be moving south at a speed of about 2 kilometers per day.
The government is continuing to pump water into the canals that run east and west of the Chao Phraya River, and to strengthen river banks to keep the water from spilling out.
The height of the tide will rise again in mid-November, making it difficult to discharge water into the sea.
The progress made till then will be crucial to keeping the water from reaching the city center.