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Re: Floods 2018 - PM confident no massive flooding this year
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2018, 10:49:56 AM »

PM confident no massive flooding this year

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is pleased with the Royal Irrigation Department’s handing of waters from upstream rivers and is confident there will be no massive flooding in central provinces this year.

Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the prime minister has been briefed on operations to draw rainwater upstream into 12 rice field basins in central provinces along the Chao Phraya River, to reduce water heading to Bangkok and other provinces.

Drawing water into the 12 basins provided more capacity for the Chao Phraya and its tributaries to receive more rainwater during the late part of the rainy season.

Sansern said Prayut is confident there would be no massive flooding this year because the Meteorological Department predicted that the cold ridge of high pressure mass from China would come to Thailand sooner this year, so rains would stop sooner.

Moreover, the government has released rainwater from dams and reservoirs upstream, following the first round of heavy rains and storms this year, and the waters have been drawn to flood the harvested rice fields in the 12 basins. As a result, dams, such as Bhumibol Dam and Sirikit Dam, have at least 30 per cent of their capacity available, Sansern said.

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Re: Floods 2018 - Floods hit Bangkok Chon Buri's Pattaya and Bang Lamung
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2018, 12:02:18 PM »

Floods hit Bangkok, Chon Buri's Pattaya and Bang Lamung

Beach road in Pattaya is flooded after a downpour on Sunday. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

Heavy rain on Sunday flooded many roads in Bangkok, including the major arteries of Ratchadaphisek and Ramkhamhaeng. Pictures posted on Twitter showed flooding at Rajamangala National Stadium.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported stretches of 17 different roads were underwater.

Pattaya and Bang Lamung districts in Chon Buri were also hit by torrential rain on Sunday. The downpour started around 1pm and lasted about two hours, flooding numerous roads and causing traffic congestion.

Pattaya's Beach Road, including the Walking Street section, saw water levels rise to between 30 and 50 centimetres. Officials and volunteers helped move stalled cars to higher ground.

The worst hit area of the resort city was a road running parallel to the eastern railway tracks, with water rising to one metre in places.

The flooding in most areas started to subside once the rain stopped.

Rainfall in the eastern, northeastern, central and southern regions was due to a weather system blowing into the country from the South China Sea, said Chaicharn Sitthiworranan in the Meteorological Department's daily forecast on Sunday. Rain will continue on Monday, the forecaster added.

Netizens on social media pointed to Typhoon Trami as the cause of heavy rains in the country but Mr Chaicharn dismissed the claims.

"Typhoon Tsami will have no impact on the weather in Thailand," he said, but advised travellers to Taiwan and the Chinese coast near Taiwan check weather conditions from Monday to Wednesday as Trami is approaching those areas.