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Thailand:Flood damage spreading in Bangkok

Friday, October 28, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 28,2011
Bangkok goes under water

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Flood damage is spreading in Bangkok on Friday morning, as Thailand entered a period of seasonal high tides.

Fifty-thousand military personnel are on high alert as massive amounts of water from the Chao Phraya River and canals could flow into the center of the Thai capital.

On Friday morning, the river water overflowed into central Bangkok and flooded a temple, prompting officials to ban visitors from entering the site.

Military personnel are placing additional sandbags at the entrance of the hospital where King Bhumibol Adulyadej is receiving treatment, as floodwater has begun inundating the premises. The hospital is one of the places given priority for protection by the Thai government.

Flood damage has not been reported yet in business districts, but water has reached locations about one kilometer from these areas.

The seasonal high tide will peak on Saturday. Experts say the water level of the Chao Phraya River could rise about 15 centimeters above the embankment.

Bangkok goes under water

Photo: EPA   


The Thai capital is going under water, with the central part of the city, including the Royal Palace area, having been flooded.

Earlier still, the Bangkok outskirts were inundated, so now only the business centre of the city remains relatively “dry”.

The government declared an emergency evacuation and said the next five days should be used for the purpose.

Thousands of Bangkok residents have already fled their homes. The roads north and east of Bangkok are engulfed by the waters of a river that has burst its banks.

The Bangkok main railway station and the city’s main airport, Suvarnabhumi, are overcrowded.

According to weather forecasters, a huge amount of water is coming from the north to hit the city on Saturday and Sunday.

Laaska News.