Connect with us


Bangkok braces for flooding, 70,000 homes damaged in Thailand



PHOTO: Flooding in Thailand threatens Bangkok next. (via Guardian video screencap)
Thaiger deals

With nearly 70,000 homes now reported flooded across 30 provinces in Thailand, authorities are bracing and preparing Bangkok for flooding. Tropical Storm Dianmu has pounded Thailand with heavy rains and 6 people have been reported to have lost their lives in the widespread flooding across the Northern and Central provinces.

The Thai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reports that the central region has been the worst hit and Bangkok is now facing flooding from runoff water from the north. The Chao Phraya River winds from the north of Thailand nearly 400 kilometres until passing through Bangkok.

A cascading domino effect is occurring: as water levels surge in the north, to prevent the Chao Phraya Dam from overflowing, authorities are increasing the amount of water allowed to pass through the dam. This, in turn, created overflow and flooding issues downstream, and that only adds to the heavy rains pelting central Thailand with more waters, now flowing towards Bangkok.

In Ayutthaya about 65 kilometres north of Bangkok, army personnel are fortifying neighbourhoods as well as archaeological ruins and historic landmarks with sandbags in an attempt to protect from flooding.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says they are preparing for the onslaught of water with sandbags and water pumps while monitoring the Chao Phraya River’s water levels closely. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang assured that they would give a warning in advance of any flash flooding.

Authorities have already started sandbagging the most vulnerable areas of Bangkok, with banks and businesses being protected near a canal in Thong Lor, as the area is packed with residential and shopping areas popular with Thai and expats.

Bangkok is just 1.5 metres above sea level, built on former marshlands. Historically, Bangkok avoided floods because the low-lying rice paddies surrounding the city would absorb much of the torrential rains and floodwaters, but years of urban expansion have reduced the water-absorbing areas significantly.

Bangkok has been developing underground tunnels and reservoirs to cope with flooding, but have been reportedly stalled due to problems with land acquisition. They hope the advance preparation now will help avoid flooding like the 2011 monsoon season that saw over 500 deaths and 20% of Bangkok underwater.

SOURCE: The Guardian

For more information on Property Insurance, CLICK HERE


Get more from The Thaiger

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Video7 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Actress Forex 3D scammer released on bail after 3 months behind bars

Crime7 hours ago

Big Joke seizes Tuhao’s private jet in Hua Hin

Phuket7 hours ago

Phuket officials once again report finding no human trafficking on fishing boats

Sponsored14 hours ago

Go global with Upbit Thailand: Worldwide digital asset market in your hands

Thailand7 hours ago

South Korea increases quota of Thai workers next year

Tourism7 hours ago

Indian pervs arrested after harassing tourist in Mumbai

Vietnam7 hours ago

Province in Vietnam boosting tourism with its rich culture

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand8 hours ago

Teen girl’s ID card request denied as she doesn’t look like her mother

Crime8 hours ago

Body of missing woman found tied to water pump in western Thailand

South Korea8 hours ago

NZ suitcase murders go to court

Thailand8 hours ago

Chinese gangs in Thailand take another hit as “Tony” falls

Pollution9 hours ago

Environmental police arrest 7 over illegal dumping in Bangkok

Crime9 hours ago

Pattaya Police warn city’s taxi riders to behave after sexual assault case

Press Room9 hours ago

Thai-Italian Business Summit highlights the importance of a shared vision

Thailand9 hours ago

Percentage of HIV infections rising among young Thais

Tourism9 hours ago

TAT launches luxury travel package to Thailand for rich South Korean tourists

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11