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Offline thaiga

Minister issues water warning
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:37:00 PM »
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Thailand could be inundated by up to 20 billion cubic metres of water this year but Bangkok will not be flooded, Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi says.

The country may be hit by 27 typhoons and four tropical storms in the coming months and sea levels will be higher than last year by 15cm. :uhm

The assessment was based on data collected by the science and technology, information and communication technology and agriculture ministries.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was briefed on the scenario in Uttaradit province, on the first leg of her five-day, seven-province visit to the lower North and Central regions.

Around 20 billion cu/m of water hit several provinces last year.

However, Mr Plodprasop was confident the water will be manageable and Bangkok will not be flooded.

''Definitely, we can cope with it,'' he said. Steps will be taken so the country's major dams will hold 5 billion cu/m while another 5 billion cu/m will be kept in water retention areas.

Mr Plodprasop said the remaining 10 billion cu/m of water will be allowed to enter Bangkok via canal networks before draining out to the Gulf of Thailand via the Chao Phraya River. Drainage is expected to take 45 days, he said.

Ms Yingluck, who inspected Sirikit dam in Nam Pat district yesterday, said the province is considered a significant water resource.

A water management plan will be put in place at the dam, which will be linked with other dams in downstream provinces.

Ms Yingluck said the government will also try to ensure a better flood forecast and warning system, and water discharges from dams will be better regulated.

The government has approved more than 194.8 million baht in compensation for flood victims and for restoration of flood-damaged infrastructure in the northern province.

Disbursement of funds was under way, Uttaradit governor Yothin Samutkhiri said. However, Pimnipa Thananchaisirikul, an assistant village head at Ban Ngiew Ngam in Muang district, said many farmers had not yet received compensation since flooding first hit the province in July last year.

They had complained to the tambon administrative organisation but no reply had been received, she said.

Industry Minister Pongsvas Svasti said the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand will seek 4.83 billion baht in loans from the Government Savings Bank. The money will be used for constructing flood walls in seven industrial estates which were damaged by last year's floods.

He said the government will spend about 3.2 billion baht, or two-third of the total budget, for building flood walls. The private sector will invest in the remaining one-third of the budget through seeking loans from the Government Savings Bank and other insurance funds.

Construction of the walls is expected to be completed by the end of August at the latest, deputy government spokesman Chalitrat Chantarubeksa said.

Some industrial estates began construction of the floodwalls earlier this month.

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Chainarong Noonpakdee, Nava Nakorn Plc's board chairman, said the industrial estate would start construction of a floodwall tomorrow.

Only 40% of factories at seven flood-hit industrial estates have resumed operations, the Industry Ministry said. Industry Minister MR Pongsvas Svasti said all seven industrial estates should be able to run at 80% capacity by the end of the first quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, a Senate meeting yesterday endorsed two executive decrees for flood funding issued by the government, although some senators expressed concern about the lack of details for the flood spending.

The Senate voted 113-12 with 12 abstentions to set up a 50 billion baht fund to provide flood insurance for investors.

The upper house voted 120-5 with six abstentions to allow the government to seek loans of 350 billion baht for water management programmes and flood restoration and rehabilitation.

However, Senator Kamnoon Sitthisamarn said the government had failed to provide clear details of how the money would spent. He urged the government to call a joint parliamentary meeting of senators and MPs to explain the details and listen to what members of the two chambers had to say about the decrees.

The Democrat Party and Sen Kamnoon have asked the Constitution Court to rule whether the two executive decrees issued as part of the government's flood spending plans violate the constitution.

One executive decree was for the government to seek the 350 billion baht in loans for water management projects and flood rehabilitation work, and the other was to allow the Finance Ministry to transfer 1.14 trillion baht in debt from the 1997 crisis to the Financial Institutions Development Fund.

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Re: Minister issues water warning
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 07:42:54 PM »
I must say that I do find it funny that ministers here, in their complete hubris and arrogance, make such sweeping statements like this as if they are gifted with the power of a crystal ball.....

However, Mr Plodprasop was confident the water will be manageable and Bangkok will not be flooded.

''Definitely, we can cope with it,'' he said

Bit quick imo after the most major natural disaster screw-up in recent history and there has probably been little, in real and tangible terms, done about it all so far. Have they cleared all the flood canals in BBk, or the blocked water-way systems that people live on and trade on, dredged the canals properly?

Have they F..



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Re: Minister issues water warning
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2012, 08:33:35 PM »
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