Mr Sukhumbhand has inspected the dykes built to prevent water overflowing from the Chao Phraya River at the pier near the Memorial Bridge and the city’s flower market, and Tha Chang, Theves and Kiak Kai piers before moving to see the situation at Bang Sue.
The embankments along the river are built to hold water to a height of 2.5 metres above mean sea level, which was nearly reached last month. Today’s peak, and other anticipated tides this month, are projected at much lower levels.
The water level was rising continuously because of high tide combined with flood water flowing from the north. The authorities forecast that the peak of the water level would not rise higher than 1.32 metres.
It is believed that the water lever in Chao Phraya River on the peak high tide day on Monday would be almost the same as the level on Sunday and the municipal authorities (BMA) expect the preparations already made will be sufficient to respond to the high water.
The Bangkok Governor said the BMA would monitor water levels until after Loy Krathong Festival on Nov 21 as after that date the high tides will be lower.
However 27 communities scattered across 13 districts of the capital which are outside the 77km flood dyke erected by BMA along the Chao Phraya River will still be affected by the overflow of water from the river.
For those unprotected by the flood control dykes, however, BMA officials have piled sandbags to form makeshift flood walls to mitigate the affect for those impacted by the flooding.
Flood Coordination Centre chairman Apirak Kosayodhin on his ‘Twitter’ social network warned residents along the Chao Phraya River that the peak high tide would be at around 9.25am at 2.08 metres.
Meanwhile, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said Thailand’s flood-related latest death toll as of Nov 7 rose to 165 since the country was hit by flooding beginning Oct 10.
The disaster response agency said that flooding in the upper part of the country from Oct 10 to Nov 7 killed 122 persons and that 18 provinces continue to have flooding and remain under water.
The southern provinces, hit by flooding triggered by tropical depression-related rainstorms, reported 43 deaths from Oct 30 to Nov 7, and 12 southern provinces overall have been flooded, the department said.
Local residents in Lan Saka district of Nakhon Si Thammarat were on high alert and closely monitoring mudslides as the rain persisted after the earlier rain-triggered mudslides at Kamloan subdistrict. (MCOT online news)