Bangkok Braces For Flooding From High Tides
October 28, 2011 by staff
Bangkok Braces For Flooding From High Tides, Floods in Thailand Friday threatened the central areas of Bangkok, a bustling capital just above sea level from flooding in the next high tide under 13 feet.
Residents who chose to stay in their homes despite pleas from the government to get waited anxiously to see if the highest tide, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, surpassing the defenses along the Chao Phraya River and its numerous channels.
Suburbs of Bangkok, and are submerged, but the central city has so far been largely spared the misery Thailand suffer for months in the worst floods the country since 1942.
But now the city has to face two demons convergence of water.
Draining the equivalent of 480,000 Olympic swimming pools are trying to make their way south to the sea via Bangkok as the tide pushes the water in the opposite direction.
“The challenge is to manage the runoff from the great north passing through town on their way to the Gulf of Thailand,” said a Red Cross bulletin.
High tide Saturday, said the Red Cross, will “extreme pressure” on the Bangkok-making system of dykes and other flood defenses.
Prime Minister Shinawatra ordered the teams Yingluck on Friday to cut channels on the roads to allow rapid evacuation of water, according to state news agency MCOT.
Meanwhile, increased health problems with water levels.
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