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Just wondering, though the Thai news seems to be full of flood stories I've not seen much posted here. Looks like we might well be inundated in the next week (Rangsit). Seen a couple of businesses raising stuff up off the floor on car stands and pallets. Supermarkets around here very busy.

 

I have to go to Korat next week, hopefully the roads will be clear enough for that.

 

What's the thinking? Are we going to be floating away soon? Is the worst over already?

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i see it billed as anything from same same every october till the worst or 50+ years or at least since '94 whatever happened there?

 

probably no one really knows what the fuck will happen (in bkk), but I see a combination of factors contributing to severe flooding in the capital on top what already is flooded:

 

-upstream dams releasing water for whatever reasons at this time (being full at this time where they're supposed to contain not increase the water levels!)

-continuous rainfall

-high tide in the sea/river (chayo praya) around 13-15oct billed as worst days to watch for in bkk)

-ayuthaya, angtong etc just upstream from bkk already severely flooded

-west bank of chaya praya in bkk area already flooded despite sandbag walls

-etc

 

good luck!

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i see it billed as anything from same same every october till the worst or 50+ years or at least since '94 whatever happened there?

 

probably no one really knows what the fuck will happen (in bkk), but I see a combination of factors contributing to severe flooding in the capital on top what already is flooded:

 

-upstream dams releasing water for whatever reasons at this time (being full at this time where they're supposed to contain not increase the water levels!)

-continuous rainfall

-high tide in the sea/river (chayo praya) around 13-15oct billed as worst days to watch for in bkk)

-ayuthaya, angtong etc just upstream from bkk already severely flooded

-west bank of chaya praya in bkk area already flooded despite sandbag walls

-etc

 

good luck!

 

 

When it rains and the tide is coming in - all hell breaks loose.

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so now it 'just' rains, but the 'tide' is also flowing down from the north so...???

who will help the poor folks along the rivers?

 

Flood waters bear down on capital

 

PM admits govt may not be able to avert disaster

  • Published: 8/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
  • Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra last night told people in parts of Bangkok and elsewhere in the Central Plains to brace for severe flooding, as she admitted her government was almost at its wits' end dealing with the disaster.

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Already the whole of nearby Ayutthaya province has been declared a disaster area as the deluge continues to bear down on the capital, having started in the North of the country and affecting 30 provinces so far.

 

In a televised address last night, Ms Yingluck spoke of the grim situation facing Bangkok and its neighbours.

 

She said despite concerted efforts by government agencies, she feared authorities would not be able to fully contain the incoming flood waters.

 

"The widespread flood problem is reaching crisis level, the worst in decades," said the premier.

 

She said the volume of water had exceeded estimates and the storage capacity of reservoirs and torrents have damaged a number of flood gates.

 

The government's priority is to speed up the diversion of flood water into the sea before the deluge - about 7,000 million cubic metres - flows down to the Central Plains from the upper North via Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok and Nakhon Sawan soon.

 

"If we cannot divert the flood water into the sea, it will cause extensive damage to the provinces in its path," said the prime minister.

 

She also voiced concerns about the Meteorological Department's forecast of low-pressure systems, saying the reservoirs were unlikely to be able to absorb more rain.

 

She said the Chao Phraya Dam, which can release water at a rate of 3,570 cu m of water per second, must bring its work up to speed to ease the impacts on downstream provinces such as Ang Thong, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Lop Buri and Ayutthaya.

 

Ms Yingluck said flood diversion efforts would become more difficult at peak tide between Oct 15 and 17, when the flow is expected to reach Bangkok.

 

Fifty-nine provinces across the country have so far been damaged in some way by the floods, with 30 being badly hit and 252 people being killed.

 

Justice Minister Pracha Promnok was appointed as the centre's director and acting permanent secretary for Interior Pranai Suwannarat is deputy director.A flood relief operation centre has been set up at Don Mueang airport and will begin 24-hour operations from today. It will integrate flood relief and preventive tasks of all agencies, including warning issuance, data gathering, plan development and providing advice and information to the public.

 

Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi is chief of operations, covering evacuation and flood preventive tasks, and Transport Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat is directing chief, covering warning and relief systems.

 

The centre has opened a round-the-clock call centre at 1111 ext 5.

 

"All parties must join hands to face a crisis which threatens lives and our way of life," she said.

 

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has already opened 90% of its water sluice gate. The city could drain out 1 million cubic metres of water per day to the sea, he said.

 

The governor said it was now difficult to speed up draining as the levels in all waterways in the city are very high.

 

Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa said the Defence Ministry has ordered all military units to offer assistance and shelter to flood-affected people in their neighbourhoods.

 

Those people could evacuate to nearby military camps, he said.

 

Water levels in the reservoirs of all dams in northern provinces have already reached maximum capacities. Those dams will have to release water, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut said.

 

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has played down fears over a series of storms hitting the country.

 

Watcharee Virapun, director of its Weather Forecast Bureau, said there were no significant indicators of a series of storms hitting Thailand in the near future.

 

It warned, however, that the central provinces, including Bangkok, are still under the influence of a low pressure system which will bring more rain until next week.

 

http://www.bangkokpo...down-on-capital

 

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Saturday's 2nd tide might be the KILLER.

The high tide will be 3.18 meters high but the low tide will only be 2.25 meters high.

The low tide will not be low enough probably to get as much water out before

the tide starts coming in.

 

I used to love watching the river flow backwards

but at the same time I know how dangerous it can get.

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