BMA: No flood crisis in Bangkok

There are no signs that Bangkok will face another flood crisis, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said on Friday.

MR Sukhumbhand said there is no need for people to panic.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has prepared measures to counter any possible situation in the capital, particularly in all 37 flood-risk areas.

The Bangkok governor said this after calling an urgent meeting to monitor the situation earlier this morning. Rain has pounded Bangkok since Thursday afternoon.

Adisak Khantee, director of the BMA’s Drainage and Sewerage Department, reported to the meeting that rain hit all districts of Bangkok from late afternoon on Thursday until around 9am today.

The average rainfall was measured at 50-60 milimetres, with the highest being 68 milimetres in Bangkapi district, he said. There was some flooding on a local road from Nikom Makasan  to the Makasan Airport Link train station. The water was being drained out.

There was no problem of flooding on main roads in the city, he said.

Mr Adisak said water levels in various canals in Bang Khen, Lak Si and Don Muang were high due to the continued rainfall, but they there was no risk of an overflow.

 The Chao Phraya River is now flowing down from the North at 1,400 cubic metres per second, which is normal and no cause of concern, he added.

The forecast is for mild rainfall over 70% of the Bangkok area from Friday to Sunday, diminishing on Monday. There is no sign of possible flooding in any district in the city, he said. The water was being drained out to the Gulf of Thailand.

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