Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi has expressed confidence that the flooding in the Central Plains and the East will be gone by next month.
Plodprasop Suraswadi (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
Mr Plodprasop, who also chairs the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC), said yesterday 870 million cubic metres of water remain in two large swathes of farmland in the East.
Drainage must wait until all of the flood water reaches the lower level of the Prachin Buri and Bang Pakong rivers. Water propelling machines will then be deployed to push away the water during low tide, he said.
Mr Plodprasop brushed aside concerns about possible floods in Bangkok's Min Buri and Nong Chok districts.
Bang Pakong River runoff will not affect the eastern fields of Rangsit to the North of Bangkok because all the sluice gates there have been shut, he said.
About 30 billion baht of the government's 350-billion-baht water management scheme was earmarked for building elevated roads and levees, he added.
Government spokesman Teerat Rattanasevi said flooding in the Chao Phraya River basin has eased but the situation remains volatile in places at high tide.
The death toll from the flooding, which has hit 21 provinces since Sept 17, has reached 61, Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said yesterday.
Floods remain in 4,377 communities in 88 districts of 21 provinces, affecting 807,695 people from 275,765 households, he added.
Mr Chatchai also warned of heavy rain over the next few days, triggered by storm Nari, which hit Vietnam as a typhoon and was then downgraded.
The warning covers Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Surin, Buri Ram, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Nong Khai and Bung Kan.