Samunt Prakan homes are already flooded certain months of the year Do you believe the area will be underwater by 2030 as some experts are predicting?

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Samunt Prakan homes are already flooded certain months of the year Do you believe the area will be underwater by 2030 as some experts are predicting?

Samunt Prakan homes are already flooded certain months of the year  Do you believe the area will be underwater by 2030 as some experts are predicting?

  • Start date:May 9, 2013
  • End date:May 10, 2013
  • Voters: 403 times
  • Yes
    80.9%
  • No
    12.7%
  • I'm not familiar with the issue
    6.5%

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  • Discussion 8 : 13 May 2013 at 08.298

    D7: Spot on. I get tired of the period airing of ill-informed rumour-mongers. I have been here for 20 years, and if all the stories that I have heard were true, we would all be wearing snorkels and flippers now. Some areas of BKK will, and indeed already are, at risk of flooding from seawater (as opposed to rainwater), but other areas will be perfectly OK for many decades. The whole point is that a detailed analysis will show varying solutions to varying risks on varying time frames - NOT ALL BKK is about to flood! A la chicken little's "the sky is falling".

  • Discussion 7 : 10 May 2013 at 11.297

    Some of you mention scientific facts. The Bangkok area has an uneven range of elevations(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2005.10.004). Growing population/industry -> increased pumping rates -> lower piezometric levels (8 aquifers - http://wwwrcamnl.wr.usgs.gov/rgws/Unesco/PDF-Chapters/Chapter9-10.pdf) + more surface loading = accelerated ground subsidence relative to (rising) sea level. There are many sources online, incl. reports by UNESCAP and USGS, not to mention large amounts of data at universities' hydrological engineering departments here in BKK. Note that Samut Prakan has no flood dikes, and is nearly at sea level already.

  • Discussion 6 : 10 May 2013 at 09.596

    Samut Prakan flooded? Well folks as a resident of Samut Prakan I remind the author of this question that Samut Prakan province was one of the few provinces in Thailand that was not underwater during the infamous recent flooding year.In fact it was bone dry. Another example, is that Seagate Technology located one of their factories in the province because of the low risk of flooding.

  • Discussion 5 : 10 May 2013 at 02.525

    Bangkok is 1.5 meters above sea level. The sinking rate is 1 to 3 cm per year. That means it will take between 50 to 150 years to sink to sea level, mathematically.

    There are many cities today already below sea level, such as New Orleans.

  • Discussion 4 : 09 May 2013 at 10.494

    It's strange that Bangkok Post sets up the question as a belief system, over scientific fact. Bangkok is sinking at a rate of 3 centimetres a year, measured accurately by satellite imagery. Parts of Bangkok will experience flooding issues within ten years, if nothing is done.
    Sea level rise resulting from global warming will also impact Bangkok, the science behind predicting how much the sea level will rise is not as exact, but tropical waters will rise more than temperate and cooler waters.

  • Discussion 3 : 09 May 2013 at 08.583

    To say there are no experts in Thailand is just not true. There are very well educated people in the country, but everyone is not an expert. But these days even supposed experts lie to the public, for example when big Ben say he can unwind the QE process without a problem do you believe him? When experts becomes political pawns they lose their legitimacy.

  • Discussion 2 : 09 May 2013 at 07.242

    D1 - They follow myths & mysticism because that is their true belief but they consult 'experts' so they can save face and look good, which gives hope to the poor & uneducated.

    The other issue is that the 'experts' are the same soothsayers selling the myth & mysticism beliefs so they can make money from everyone. Capitalism at is most perverse level....

  • Discussion 1 : 09 May 2013 at 06.211

    How many readers of this webpage will have more knowledge about this than “some experts”?
    Even top politicians in this country consult fortune tellers and star-mongers to predict the future. Sometimes I wonder why anybody is still asking any experts at all.

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