BANGKOK, 25 October 2011 Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra has indicated the possibility for the Chao Phraya River to overflow this weekend; residents along the river are thus encouraged to brace for the occurrence.
MR Sukhumbhand reported that the water level in the Chao Phraya River during the past two days had risen by as much as 1.05 meters to an all-time high of 2.35 meters above the sea level. He then expressed his worries over areas along the river as they would be highly vulnerable to runoff this weekend when the water level was forecast to surge further to 2.6 meters, surpassing the 2.5-meter high embankment.
Therefore, the Governor issued a warning to all citizens living near the Chao Phraya River and canals connected to it, especially Bangkok Noi, Bangkok Yai and Phadung Krungkasem Canals, to move their belongings to high grounds and keep a close watch on the water situation. Those residing outside the embankment are encouraged to evacuate to nearby shelters set up by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
Though admitting that the effort to reinforce the river embankment could not be made in time, MR Sukhumbhand insisted that the BMA would place its emphasis on the protection of important places, including Siriraj Hospital and royal palaces, from the floodwater.
(NNT : Surapan Laotharanarit)