The city administration has ordered the Department of Drainage and Sewerage and 13 districts to get prepared to cope with possible flooding and to help affected residents in light of the rising Chao Phraya river.
The city administration held an urgent meeting on Monday with officials from the 13 districts located close to the river and the Department of Drainage and Sewerage to map out contingency plans after the Royal Irrigation Department ordered more water to be drained out of the Chao Phraya and Rama VI dams from 2,000 cubic metre/second to 2,300 cubic metre/second and 600 cubic metre/second to 700 cubic metre/second respectively.
This will push up the water level in the Chao Phraya river and threaten communities along both sides of the river in 13 districts. On top of that, heavy and very heavy rains have been forecast during October 12-15 in some parts of Bangkok by the Meteorological Department, said Mrs Boonsai Keeyapat, assistant secretary to Bangkok governor.
Officials of the 13 districts will prepare food, drinking water and medicines so they can be delivered to affected residents.
Mrs Boonsai assured that the city administration was capable of coping with flooding.
The Royal Irrigation Department predicted that water level in the Chao Phraya river downstream of the Chao Phraya dam from Chainat and further southward will increase between 25-75 cm.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)