Updated: A roundup of flood news

17 10 2011

From MCOT Online:

Bangkok not yet safe; northern suburbs at risk of flooding: BMA Governor Sukhumbhand

Monday, October 17, 2011 2:31 AM BANGKOK, Oct 17 – Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Monday cautioned that the capital is not yet safe from flooding as the city’s northern suburbs remain at risk of being inundated, even as defences are being shored up against the oncoming waterflow.

Three major dams discharging less water; lower volume relieves flood

Sunday, October 16, 2011 11:46 PM UTTARADIT, Oct 17 – The country’s three major dams on Sunday reduced the amount of water being released from their reservoirs to help relieve Thailand’s downstream flood problems.

All five industrial estates of Ayutthaya submerged

Sunday, October 16, 2011 7:50 AM AYUTTHAYA, Oct 16 – The Factory Land Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya’s Wang Noi district, the last factory in Ayutthaya which had earlier survived flooding, has finally succumbed to flood Sunday.

Huge volume of northern run-off flows to sea, eases flood threat in capital

Sunday, October 16, 2011 5:50 AM BANGKOK, Oct 16 – A huge mass of northern run-off from upstream in Nakhon Sawan has already flowed to the sea, easing concerns over possible flooding in the capital during high tide period Sunday, said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut.

Over 350,000 workers affected by floods in 15 provinces: Labour Ministry

Sunday, October 16, 2011 1:23 AM BANGKOK, Oct 16 – The ongoing flood crisis has impacted more than 10,000 businesses in 15 provinces, affecting over 350,000 workers, according to the Labour Ministry.

More than 1,000 boats speed outflow of three rivers into sea to brace for coming floodwater

Sunday, October 16, 2011 1:00 AM NONTHABURI, Oct 16 – More than 1,000 boats from state and private agencies on Sunday joined in an operation to push water along three rivers into the ocean on Sunday to brace for floodwater from upstream Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani.

From The Nation:

October 17, 2011 6:00 am Air Force may relocate aircraft if base flooded

October 17, 2011 5:05 am Evacuations ordered as Nava Nakorn defences breached

October 17, 2011 5:08 am Bangkok ‘not yet completely safe’: Sukhumbhand

October 17, 2011 5:05 am Financial assistance sought as floods hit industries hard

From Bangkok Post’s “Breaking News”:

05:18 PM Don Mueang airport taking evacuees

04:27 PM Housing estate in P.Thani drowned

03:29 PM Residents stop new flood barrier: Mrs Cha-em Limsawat, 53, of Pak  Khlong Khaomao village, said floodwater in the Hantra field had risen to 4-5 metres, affecting hundreds of households in several communities living nearby. The field receives water from Khlong Khaomao canal. If the water flow in the canal is blocked, the water level at Hantra field would quicky rise even higher, she said. She said people were angry that the authorities were blocking the natural flow of water to shield Bangkok and Pathum Thani from flooding  at the expense of Ayutthaya province.

01:46 PM PM ‘sorry’ Nava Nakorn flooded

01:16 PM Evacuation order for Nava Nakorn

Some international reports:

Thai floods claim more factories, Bangkok safe for now – Oct. 17 BANGKOK (Reuters) – Floods in Thailand engulfed another industrial estate on Sunday but the capital, Bangkok, …

Bangkok Flood Defenses Holding as Water Besieges Thai Capital – Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) Bangkok’s flood defenses are protecting the Thai capital so far as water from northern dams drains into the Gulf of Thailand after swamping five industrial estates and forcing …

Facing flood, oldest Thai factory park evacuated – Oct. 17 Houston Chronicle: Fear and confusion gripped Bangkok as residents grappled with mixed messages over whether Thailand’s worst floods in …

Thailand floods threaten Bangkok – Oct 17 TelegraphTV – video report

Flood evacuation north of Bangkok – Oct 17 Stuff.co.nz  Bangkok is breathing easier as barriers protecting the capital from Thailand’s worst flooding in decades held firm, but authorities have ordered a new …


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