"Officials try to fill embankment gaps as water level hits 50cm in commercial centre
Flooding raged into the heart of Sukhothai yesterday, just a few days after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visited the province and declared the situation there would soon return to normal.
Despite the use of many pumps and other flood-prevention efforts, floodwater levels rose about 50 centimetres in the economic zones of the province.
Officials, as of press time, were still struggling to fill breaks and leaks in the embankment along the Yom River. They initially thought their giant sandbags and gabions would be able to block the water from flowing into the town and causing inundation."
"Thailand’s flood-management blueprint received a jolt when the dykes in Sukhothai were breached by the rain-swollen Yom river last week, submerging large stretches of the former royal capital.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra toured the flood-damaged historic city 430 km north of Bangkok, reliving relief operations that were mounted last year when the central plains, including the capital, were hit by the worst floods in the country’s history."
After the Water and Flood Management Committee (WFMC) organised water flow testing in the western part of Bangkok to convince residents that the government would be able to prevent flooding this year, people were reassured to a certain extent.
"There has already been a lot of talk and speculation in the media that the government has failed and that we will be hit by devastating floods again this year. These stories have now gone into the international media and once again I have started to receive emails from people asking if Thailand will be flooded this year. A short answer to that is YES! It is a monsoon country and we are in the middle of the rainy season. It happens every year to varying degrees. We cannot escape it but we can learn to live with it."
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"Last year, flooding in Thailand breached defenses across the country, ruining many of the industrial estates on the outskirts of Bangkok, bringing the capital to a halt, and resulting in billions of dollars in damage and decisions by several major electronics components manufacturers to either abandon Thailand operations or open new operations to build disc drives and other parts in countries safer from flooding. Last year’s flooding was also horrible for the public image of the government of Yingluck Shinawatra, which appeared to be slow to respond, as compared to the army, which utilized the flooding, and its rapid response, to somewhat rehabilitate its image in the minds of many Thais after the army’s killing of at least ninety protestors in the streets of Bangkok in spring 2010."
CityNews – The Northern Meteorological Centre has said that from 13th – 18th September there will be heavy rains in many parts of Thailand because of high pressure coming from China that is creating monsoons.
"Isolated parts of Sukhothai are flooded four days after waters from the Yom River seeped through the city's levees; however the water is receding, and local guesthouse operators told us Friday that most of the remaining water is in the vicinity of the day market and Wat Sathani east of the river. During an official visit, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reportedly said the entire city will be dry in two days time, but as water makes its way downstream, other parts of central Thailand are bracing for floods."
During 13 - 17 Sep, 2012, the monsoon trough over upper Thailand will intense and the active southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand. Abundant rain and isolated heavy to very heavy fall is expected over the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and the South West coast. The wind-wave in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand will intense with 2 meters of wave high.
At 0400 LST today (13 Sep), Typhoon “SANBA” was centered east of Philippines or at latitude 14.5 N and longitude 129.9 E with maximum sustained wind about 120 km/hr. This storm is moving northwestward with speed about 15 km/hr. It is expected to move to nearly Taiwan and Okinawa Island, Japan during 15-16 Sep, 2012.
The advisory is in effect for Thailand from 13 September 2012.
"Thailand’s Office of National Water and Flood Management Policy (ONWF) has launched a new iPad and iPhone app providing up-to-date information on the country’s water situation: Water4Thai.
The application is available in the English language, although a lot of the content such as daily reports and “heavy rainfall areas” is in Thai. However, weather charts, rainfall reports, water levels, dam and reservoir reports and daily tides are all in English.
There is also a CCTV option that allows you to view live footage of waterways around the country."
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"These last few days we have had some really heavy rain in the Bangkok area. This is due to a strong southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand. It is expected to persist until at least Monday or Tuesday."
Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani residents severely hit by floods last year face the prospects of being battered by another deluge this year if there are torrential rains, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday.
The capital of the historic kingdom of Sukhothai has experienced flooding up to a metre deep after the Yom River overflowed and broke through poorly maintained levees to allow a sudden surge of floodwater into businesses and residential areas.
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