Industrial estates prepare for storm
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEA) has been ordered to prepare for possible flash floods around factory zones as tropical storm Gaemi moves through Thailand over the next few days.
- Published: 4/10/2012 at 04:05 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Industry Minister Pongsvas Svasti said on Thursday the storm could bring very heavy rain to many regions of the country and there could be a large volume of run-off flowing to Bangkok and nearby provinces.
All industrial estates in western and eastern parts of Bangkok were directed to closely follow the water situation. Officials must be deployed around the clock to monitor the water level outside and around their flood prevention walls, he added.
“For the industrial estates in Ayutthaya, there should no problem because the construction of permanent floodwalls has been completed.
“However, the industrial estates in the eastern part, particularly Lat Krabang estate, are at risk because they have no permanent flood prevention system. They now have only temporary earthen flood barriers,” he said.
Mr Pongsvas said the IEA will work closely with the armed forces, the Royal Irrigation Department and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to ensure that industrial zones in the eastern parts would not be affected.
IEA governor Veerapong Chaiperm said a flood war room has been opened at its headquarters and will operate 24 hours a day, reporting on the situation at each industrial estate and assessing the flood risk.
All industrial estates were advised to be ready to implement emergency flood measures, he added.
“All relevant parties are now jointly working to prevent the flood from occurring. I am confident that the state authorities are capable of keeping the run-off under control”, said Mr Veerapong.
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