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Bangkok:Thailand braces for spring tide

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 13,2011

Thailand is bracing for more flooding as another spring tide is expected to reach its peak on Sunday.

Bangkok is on the alert against the rising water level of the Chao Phraya River that runs through the city center from the north as well as a threat of more flooding from spring tides coming from the south.

On Saturday, the river overflowed in some districts during high tide. Efforts to pump out water have kept the flood from spreading.

The water level is expected to rise further at the peak of the spring tide, forcing areas along the river to be on high alert.

In the Bang Chan industrial complex in eastern Bangkok, military personnel continue to pump floodwater into canals in an attempt to keep it out of factories. The area hosts 20 Japanese-affiliated companies.

But floodwaters continue to flow into the complex, causing some roads to become submerged under water of up to 50 centimeters in height.

One soldier said it’s impossible to drain the water completely, but that the situation is under control and the water level has stabilized.

The efforts may be hindered by the spring tide, which will peak on Sunday.
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