BMA aims to avoid flooding

BMA aims to avoid flooding

A commuter boat emerges from underneath the Krung Thon Bridge in Bangkok during a downpour on Thursday. The Chao Phraya has risen markedly in recent weeks due to water from upstream provinces and high tides. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
A commuter boat emerges from underneath the Krung Thon Bridge in Bangkok during a downpour on Thursday. The Chao Phraya has risen markedly in recent weeks due to water from upstream provinces and high tides. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is stepping up efforts to prevent possible flooding along Charoen Krung Road and nearby areas.

The BMA and engineers are monitoring the water volume of the Chao Phraya River.

The Sathon area is prone to flooding, reportedly caused by runoff from the North. Officials aim to prevent floods along the road's residential and economic zones.

First built during the Rattanakosin era, Charoen Krung is the oldest road in Bangkok and runs along the river. It also runs past many landmarks, from the Grand Palace to Chinatown and the south of Bangkok.

In the past five days, the area has been flooded, so that monitoring will continue for the rest of the month.

Piles of sandbags had been set up around the Fish Marketing Organisation, which is in one of 76 flood-prone areas, to prevent water and sewage from affecting it.

Meanwhile, Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt said the BMA is monitoring the water situation. He said water levels may rise due to the northern runoff, causing floods from today to Sunday.

The BMA is also preparing to handle water discharged from the Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri and the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat province.

Vocabulary

  • discharge: to let a liquid flow out - ปล่อยออก, ขับออก
  • landmark: a building or place that is easily recognised, especially one which you can use to judge where you are - สถานที่ที่เป็นจุดสังเกต
  • monitor: keep track of - ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต
  • prone (verb): to likely to experience a particular problem more often than is usual - ที่มีแนวโน้ม
  • runoff: rainfall that cannot be taken in by the soil and which flows into rivers, lakes or the sea - น้ำหลาก, ปริมาณของเหลวที่ไหลออก
  • sewage: waste substances, especially waste from people’s bodies, removed from houses and other buildings by a system of large underground pipes called sewers - สิ่งปฏิกูล, น้ำโสโครก
  • situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • volume (noun): an amount of something - ปริมาณ
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