Bangkok is safe from being flooded by run-off from the North until at least mid-October because the deluge released by broken floodgates has been diverted into fields upstream along the Chao Phraya River, Irrigation Department deputy director-general Vira Vongsangnak said on Wednesday.
Villagers in Uthai Thani are hit by widespread flooding on Sept 21, 2011. (Photos by Thiti Wannamontha)
Water from the rain-swollen Chao Phraya has already flooded 60,000 rai of Chiang Rak district fields in Sing Buri, 30,000 rai of Pho Thong fields in Ang Thong and 60,000 rai of Bang Ban-Phak Hai fields in Ayutthaya, Mr Vira said.
He said the water diversion, together with the low tidal levels at this time, will save Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi from overflow from the Chao Phraya until the middle of October, even though a spring tide is expected on Sept 30.
Three floodgates were breached by the deluge moving downstream - Bang Chom Si and Phra Ngam in Sing Buri and Bang Ban-Phak Hai in Ayutthaya - releasing their stored water into the Chao Phraya.
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