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Bangkok districts to be declared disaster zones

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said they are preparing to declare 6 sub-districts in Lat Krabang as natural disaster zones to provide further relief and compensation for people in the flooded areas.

“We are declaring the areas as disaster zones to allow authorities from the Ministry of Interior’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) to assist the BMA in providing relief and compensation,” said Deputy Bangkok Govornor Thavida Kamolvech.

The 6 sub-districts include:

  • Lat Krabang
  • Khlong Sam Prawet
  • Khlong Song Ton Nun
  • Lam Pla Thio
  • Thap Yao
  • Khum Thong

More than 10,300 households have been affected by flooding in these areas while more than 2,100 farming lands were damaged.

The BMA said over 193 million cubic meters of rain have poured down on Bangkok over the past 2 weeks. This comes with a continuous flow of water from various dams in the north and in the country’s low-lying areas new rivers have been witnessing high tides.

Average Rainfall in Bangkok is the highest in 3 decades for the month of September 2022

The flooding situation can be separated into 2 major hit areas.

The first area was the flooding situation in Lak Si, Don Mueang and Bang Khen where the water level in Prem Prachakon canal already declined from the highest of 1.56 meters down to 0.78 meters on Thursday.

The flooding situation in Lak Si and Don Mueang has been resolved and if there is no more heavy rainfall in Bang Khen, the BMA believes that the situation there should return back to normal within 2-3 days.

The second area is the flooding situation in Lat Krabang, Suan Luang, Prawet and Nong Chok where the flooding level is still high but already declined by about 50 centimeters.

BMA already added 5 more water pumps to Nong Chok, opened the Lat Krabang and Krathum Suea Pla water stations, the military and the DDPM are sending another 18 water pumps and floodwater has been directed to Saen Saep canal to lower the floodwater level in the areas.

Meanwhile, the water level in the Chao Phraya River is stable while district directors in 17 districts along the river were instructed to keep a watchful eye on the water level and more sandbags have been added to flood-prone areas.

The DDPM said on Thursday that floodwaters still persist in 15 other provinces as well.

The Office of the National Water Resources also warned of flooding in 24 provinces, excluding Bangkok Metropolitan Region (BMR), between September 17 and 21 due to heavy rainfalls from monsoons.

The Thai Meteorological Department said there is a 40-60% chance of more rains in BMR between September 15 and 16 and a 60-80% chance of more rain in the region between September 17 and 21

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