Missing water in Samut Prakarn

22 10 2011

It seems that Samut Prakan, the last area before flood water flows to the sea,still hasn’t seen much water. As The Nation reports it, a “committee tasked with diverting water to the sea has asked the government to open watergates to drain water from the upper area of Bangkok to the sea via Samut Prakan province’s canals.”

The chair of that committee claims: “All canals in Samut Prakan have been ready to receive flood water drainage from Bangkok for almost three weeks – but now there is little volume of water being discharged from Bangkok’s watergates…”. The report claims that the “level in Samut Prakan province’s canals is 2043 centimetres below normal as the local administration has drained a lot of water to the sea already.” [PPT: We are always wary of figures in these reports as reporters tend to mix up numbers and units of measurement; still, “below normal” seems clear.]

The committee claims they are ready to drain 40 million cubic meters per day of water to the sea. That water would be “drained from Nong Chok, San Sab, Prawet, Lat Krabang, Jor Ra Keh Yai, Sam Rong Water, and Suvarnabhumi watergates.” The chair states: “We are waiting for Bangkok to open its gates…”.

He added: “We need to drain water via Bangkok to help people living in upper areas such as Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani who have been living with floods for a month…”.

There does seem to be a continuing fight over the control of Bangkok’s watergates, although Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra claimed (and reported on 21 October) that all gates were opened.


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