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    Is Bangkok Flooded?

    I couldn't find a thread about this already but Facebook is flooded (pun intended) with status's saying Nam Tuam today.

    Is it flooded and has anyone got an idea of what areas?

    Or was it flooded and it's on the way out now?

    Take a look out your windows chaps.

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    There was a 'Code Red' issued for Nontaburi last night...

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    Beware of missile attacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    Beware of missile attacks?
    No, just the usual water mismanagement.

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    Arrh gottcha, sorry I'm not American or work in a submarine.

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    I believe BangNa port is under water,

    if your question is that Sukhumvit or Surywong will be flooded, then the answer is probably no

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    I read somewhere, a week or so ago that people on the outskirts of bangkok were all flooded and going nuts because Bangkok would not open the floodgates

    Maybe they have now

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    Mrs said she heard on the radio or tv?.. Sukhumvit flooded yesterday pm..

    ....is there not a major chance of a cholera or other outbreak?..that flood water all over Thailand must be a pretty toxic soup by now..ya see kids swimming in it, food vendors standing in it?....yet not heard of any warnings or measures being taken to alleviate risk...

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    Rama 7 Bridge area is flooded. Turns out the Code Red for Nontaburi was a false alarm.

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    I have been told to stay out of Bangkok on the 16~18th of this month due to the tides and the fact they are releasing water from various dams.

    Not wanting to create panic but that's what I have been told.

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    Full moon coming up so the dams will be released.

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    Just got to Silom and it's not flooded.

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    All Quiet on the Western Front ........... um...around Bangyai.

    Until last night anyway. Heavy rain though the wee hours and our neighbour reports that the market area is flooded. All the new built villages are o.k. as built higher than the older ones.

    Oh yes, and the dickwads next door building a massive extension , having ripped down the protruding shared roof out back to build a 1st floor terrace , neglected to render the end of the roof gap between our houses resulting in rain forcing its way through and causing a damp patch in our kitchen ceiling.

    More work for them....to put it right and 1 days mess for us to put up with

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    they are going to release water into Bangkok, they can't hold it anymore

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    We have just ordered 100 sand bags at 35 Baht each and we have just had a warning from the Chon Buri Province head that the level of the gulf of Thailand could rise by approximately 1 metre on the 16th to the 18th of this month.

    That would put most of walking street including Bangkok under water.

    In my 20 odd years here I have seen things in the last 3 weeks I have never seen before.

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    Well, Ayutthaya has never seen flooding like this either. My Immigration office is well under water...

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    Just to put things in perspective, heres an article about last years flooding , the worst in decades ... until now !



    Bangkok faces severe flooding

    Report says that global warming will increase the risk for similar disasters

    A flooded street on Ko Kret island, Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA

    Bruno Philip Agencies
    Downpours that caused rivers to burst around Thailand have killed 94 people in nearly two weeks of flooding, which officials say is the worst in decades. It has affected more than 3 million people in 36 of Thailand's 76 provinces, according to government medical and disaster agencies.
    In Bangkok, more than 4 million sandbags were erected into walls along stretches of the Chao Phraya River, which swelled with runoffs from upper provinces. The precautions held and the city had only minor flooding.
    A report by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Japanese International Co-operation Agency draws attention to the risk for cities such as Bangkok because of global warming.
    Jan Bojo, a World Bank expert, argues that political leaders should make allowance for climate change. Bojo notes that Bangkok is subsiding because of uncontrolled pumping of groundwater. He also reckons that higher temperatures and rainfall in Bangkok could result in damage costing the equivalent of one or two points of gross national product. Estimates put the current cost of the floods at about $345m.
    The area of Bangkok at risk of flooding is likely to increase by a third in coming years. An architect, Sinn Phonghanyudh, has suggested an original solution, that Thai people should resume traditional building of houses with floors raised above the ground: "This is the folk wisdom of our Thai ancestors. They knew how to build a house on a flood plain."

    Bangkok faces severe flooding | World news | Guardian Weekly

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    what is the link for the live flood reports ?

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    I can remember the Soi Asoke/ Sukhumvit intersection being under about 20 inches of water but that was a long time ago.

    They say it is going to be a lot worse this year.

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    Yesterday the river was right on the very brink of it's banks. I forgot to look today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    No, just the usual water mismanagement.
    Exactly right!!! That is the problem. There are no continuing torrential rains, its just plain stupidity, and now they have the populace sucked into all the reports as well.

    Even my wife who is normally quite clued in is running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I am going to Koh Chang a week from today, and I fully expect to have a great time and come back to a dry house.

    All this flood shit has been created by the Thai's themselves and their mismanagement of the water. Laos sure is not having the same problems. Hmmm......

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    dont panic says bangkok governor.



    Bangkok is ready, come hell or high water


    Governor confident city's unseen infrastructure can deal with flood run-off


    Published: 8/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
    Newspaper section: News

    Despite floods wreaking havoc in almost 30 provinces, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra continues to insist the capital will escape the worst of the deluge.


    He said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is well prepared for any possible flooding in the city.

    Sanya Cheenimit, director of City Hall's Drainage and Sewerage Department, echoed the governor's assurance, saying Bangkok has eight flood drainage systems that could easily keep the downtown area flood-free.

    First, the city has a 75.8km-long flood wall along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

    Bangkok also has 6,404km of drainage pipes, and there are 1,682 canals with a total length of 2,604km.

    The city has 21 "monkey cheek" water retention areas, which were suggested by His Majesty the King. Those retention areas could hold up to 12.75 million cubic metres of water.

    There are also seven water drainage tunnels in Bangkok with the capacity to drain 155.50 million cu m of water per second.

    Furthermore, the city has 158 pumping stations to pump water out to sea, and a rain radar system which helps authorities forecast rainfall amounts and frequencies.

    Finally, the city runs a highly sophisticated flood control centre with high-tech devices for rain forecasting and synchronising the meteorological information with various agencies that have also been involved in nationwide flood prevention efforts.

    Mr Sanya said three factors could contribute to flooding in Bangkok.

    They are long hours of continous heavy rain, the high volume of water run-off in the rivers from northern provinces that reach the city at the same time as rising sea water levels due to tidal influences, and water run-off from provinces around Bangkok.

    The BMA has prepared for possible flooding this year by cleaning the city's drainage pipes. The city has already cleaned an estimated 3,780km of the 6,404km of pipes.

    The city has also dredged 289 of its 1,682 canals and run its water pumping stations in a bid to speed up water draining and lower the levels of canal water.

    It has already got its 1,152 water pumps ready for the operation at its 158 water pumping stations. It has prepared around 3 million sandbags and assigned 700 officials to emergency assistance units.

    The BMA's flood control centre has been sharing information with state flood prevention agencies around the clock.

    In February last year, the city constructed a seventh drainage tunnel between the Rama IX and Ramkhamhaeng areas. The tunnel is 5m wide and 5.11km long.

    The combined length of the seven drainage tunnels in Bangkok, built at a cost of 5.6 billion baht, is 19km, and each has a water pump at its mouth.

    Mr Sanya added that the BMA plans to construct three more water drainage tunnels with a combined distance of 29.3km. The three tunnels will cost 13.4 billion baht, with construction expected to be completed in the next five years.

    The 21 monkey cheeks in Bangkok's suburbs would also help safeguard city residents from severe flooding, Mr Sanya said.

    The Royal Irrigation Department and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, which are the operators of major dams in the upstream Chao Phraya River, began to release more more water from the reservoirs this week as volume exceeded capacity.

    Water released from the dams has worsened the flooding in the downstream provinces of Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Angthong, Sing Buri, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi. The released water is expected to arrive in Bangkok on Oct 17 or 18.

    Mr Sanya said Bangkok will be able to handle water run-off from those provinces well, he said.

    "However, more than 1,200 families in 27 communities outside the flood walls along the Chao Phraya River, the Bangkok Noi Canal and the Maha Sawat Canal are still at risk," said Mr Sanya.

    The Bangkok governor has ordered 13 district offices covering the 27 flood-risk communities to prepare evacuation plans for residents, he added.


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    ok time to panic I suppose,

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    Yesterday the river was right on the very brink of it's banks. I forgot to look today.
    I walked over the bridge at Pattanakarn Rd two days ago and Klong Tan was about a 5cm away from overflowing.

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    Just get your shorts and flip flops on,it floods round our area quite a lot.
    Just means sitting cross legged on the chairs at the local restaurants come dinner time.
    Alway nice to see the look on the tourist faces staying at the Davis.
    When their hotel had become a desert island surrounded by smelly klong water.

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