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Thai Floods Renew Fears

Thai Floods Renew Fears | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"Concerns about Thailand's antiflood defenses are growing after parts of a city in the country's north were inundated by as much as a meter (around three feet) of floodwater early Monday, nearly a year after parts of Bangkok and other important industrial sites were struck by some of the worst flooding in the country's history."

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สำนักข่่าวแห่งชาติ : Plodprasop apologizes to Sukhothai residents for unpreventable flood

สำนักข่่าวแห่งชาติ : Plodprasop apologizes to Sukhothai residents for unpreventable flood | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"Chairman of the Water and Flood Management Committee Plodprasop Suraswadi has apologized to Sukhothai residents who have been facing rapid flooding, saying the incident was unpreventable.

 

Mr Plodprasop said to the people of Sukhothai he was sorry about the flood, adding that it was inevitable. He expected the water level to decrease within two days. The authority has shut down a sluice gate to reduce the water level before repairing a damaged Yom River dyke."

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Deputy Interior Minister visits flood-hit Sa Kaeo

Deputy Interior Minister visits flood-hit Sa Kaeo | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"Deputy Minister of Interior Thanis Thienthong on Monday traveled to the northeastern province of Sa Kaeo to inspect the flood situation and distribute relief supplies to the affected people.

 

Sa Kaeo Governor Sanit Naksuksri said Mr Thanis and his entourage had visited local residents to provide them with necessities after many villages in the province were flooded due to incessant heavy rains. Nonetheless, the governor assured that the situation would return to normal soon if there was no more rainfall."

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Don Mueang Airport to be flood-free this year

Don Mueang Airport to be flood-free this year | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"Don Mueang Airport, one of Bangkok’s two international airports which were badly damaged by floods last year, will definitely stay dry this year, according to a high-ranking airport official.

 

Acting Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra, president of Airports of Thailand (AoT), said the agency is working closely with the Royal Thai Air Force to build flood prevention barriers around the airport."

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Ayutthaya placed on flood watch

Ayutthaya placed on flood watch | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department warned of potential flooding in six Ayutthaya districts due to heavy rain and northern run-off.

 

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Director-General Wiboon Sanguanpong said heavy rain in upper Thailand caused accumulating northern run-off flowing downstream to the central region.

 

The water level in the country's major rivers has increased as well as in tributaries in the central province of Ayutthaya, posing risks of potential flooding in low-lying areas today."

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City system can't support flood test : deputy BKK governor

City system can't support flood test : deputy BKK governor | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"Deputy Bangkok Governor Teerachon Manomaiphibul warned the government yesterday against plans to divert water from upriver through the heart of the capital to the sea.

 

In his Facebook account, he wrote: "(His Majesty) said the runoff water should not be brought into city centres be it Saen Saeb, Lat Phrao and other canals in the inner zone of Bangkok because the capital's waterdrainage system has been designed to deal with rainfall only."

 

Teerachon did not agree with the government and its Water and Flood Management Commission's (WFMC) decision to test drainage by pushing water into the Lat Phrao Canal.

 

"Doing so will just bring tears to Thais again," he said. The WFMC carried out a drainage test last Wednesday by channelling water into Bangkok's west. Another test involving Lat Phrao Canal was due to take place last Friday but called off in the wake of downpours."

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Storm Clouds Gather Over Thai Flood-Control Plans

Storm Clouds Gather Over Thai Flood-Control Plans | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it
Thai leaders have pledged to do everything necessary to prevent a recurrence of the catastrophic flooding that shut down parts of Bangkok and Thailand’s industrial heartland last year.
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Photos of the sinkhole disrupting the northern rail line.

Photos of the sinkhole disrupting the northern rail line. | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

Photos, from a Thai language site, showing the serious extent of the sinkhole that has interrupted rail traffic between Lamphun and Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand.

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Gaping hole halts northern rail services

"A massive hole beneath rail lines caused by a torrential run-off has forced northern train services between Lamphun and Chiang Mai to be halted.

 

The run-off from Khun Tan Mountain cut through the earth base of the rail route, causing a hole about 50m long and 50m deep."

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(Bangkok) City's canalside residents brace for flood drill

People living in low-lying areas along main canals in western Bangkok are on full alert today with water drainage drills set to be carried out.
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Could Thailand Withstand Another Flood?

Could Thailand Withstand Another Flood? | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"So did Thailand learn its lesson? The answer is yes and maybe. Construction work to raise levees and dikes has been going on feverishly. The multinational electronics and car assembly companies—predominantly Japanese and American ones—have taken their own steps. The government has been criticized on several fronts by creating a development plan that was both too hasty and somewhat too late."

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Flood plan pleases diplomats - The Nation

Flood plan pleases diplomats - The Nation | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it
PM and key ministers demonstrate govt's preparedness at committee's exhibition; Yingluck outlines measures taken to prevent recurrence of last year's disaster

 

Foreign diplomats and water experts yesterday expressed confidence in the government's flood-prevention measures for this year, saying the authorities appeared to be well prepared.

 

"I am very hopeful and a lot more confident, judging from the situation on the ground, that we will be able to face the floods even if they are of the same magnitude as last year," Bangladeshi Ambassador Kazi Imtiaz Hossain said.

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PM affirms balanced water management in dams

PM affirms balanced water management in dams | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"BANGKOK, Aug 26 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra affirms water management in Thailand’s dams is balanced, and denied that drought in some areas resulted from too much release of water from dams."

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Drowning in excuses as the floods advance

"The run-off which has wreaked havoc in the lower northern region has only just reached Ayutthaya, but Bangkok is already flooded in a sea of excuses from politicians, bureaucrats and technocrats.

 

As people in Sukhothai's central business district scrambled at night to flee rapidly rising floodwaters that burst through the province's flood walls, people in Bangkok felt a dreadful chill.

 

Questions now float around Facebook pages and Twitter feeds like waterborne debris _ various takes on the same anxiety: Will Bangkok go underwater again this year?

 

The responses from officials have been less than reassuring so far.

 

Some people wonder what happened to the early warning system which the government insisted, after the devastating flooding last year, would be a crucial part of their flood prevention plan?

 

Many complain that the only warning the authorities have consistently issued is for those in at-risk areas to move their belongings to high ground. "We don't have any belongings to move up anymore," read several comments posted to online forums.

 

Since Sukhothai is located by the Yom River, it is naturally vulnerable to seasonal floods. As some residents testified, this is not the first time the town has been flooded, although the fact that the levee broke made it more hectic than when flooding occurs naturally.

 

What is worrying is what the authorities had to say after the flood."

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สำนักข่่าวแห่งชาติ : Northern railway to reopen tomorrow after cut off by erosion

สำนักข่่าวแห่งชาติ : Northern railway to reopen tomorrow after cut off by erosion | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is expediting the repair of the northern railway in Lamphun province which was recently damaged by soil erosion in its effort to resume the train service tomorrow.

 

According to the SRT Public Relations Department, the repair work on the northbound train track is now underway between Khun Tan and Tha Chomphu Stations. The repair is conducted after incessant rain caused the ground 20 meters underneath the track to sink, prompting the suspension of the train service."

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PM to inspect flood situation in the North

PM to inspect flood situation in the North | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to visit the North to inspect the flood situation and to be briefed on the progress of the rice pledging scheme on September 13.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit said that Prime Minister Yingluck has yesterday called an urgent meeting with flood prevention units to discuss ways to help affected villagers in the upper northern and central regions of Thailand."

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Is Sukhothai Historical Park Really Flooded?

Is Sukhothai Historical Park Really Flooded? | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

Welcoming Richard Barrow aka 'the voice of reason'!

 

"As we are now in the monsoon season, we are going to see some major flooding in different areas of Thailand. At the moment it is mainly restricted to lower north and upper central. Recently, heavy rain washed away earth below rail tracks in Lamphun resulting in train services being suspended. Apart from Sukhothai city, the focus of attention is also on Ayutthaya where river levels are rising."

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Sukhothai floods as levees break - Eroded barriers fail, local people rush to evacuate

Sukhothai floods as levees break - Eroded barriers fail, local people rush to evacuate | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it
Overflow from the Yom River hit the old capital of the historic Sukhothai kingdom early yesterday morning, breaking through eroded levees beneath flood walls to swamp parts of the city.
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Floods expanding in many Thai areas: report

Floods expanding in many Thai areas: report | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it
Floods are expanding in many areas in Thailand, mostly in the northern region, causing many villages to be cut off from the outside world, Thai News Agency reported.
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Northern Thailand braces for floods

Northern Thailand braces for floods | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it
CHIANG MAI: People in the Thai North have remained on alert to cope with inundations, after Lampang and Phrae Provinces were hit by flash floods earlier this week, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
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Trains in North stopped as wet causes sinkhole

Trains in North stopped as wet causes sinkhole | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"As rainfall continued in northern Thailand, six villages in Tambon Jae Son's in Lampang's Muang Pan district were hit by forest run-off 1.5m to 2m-deep at 3am yesterday, while a landslide blocked the entrance of Pang Ton Noon Ville and marooned 60 households.

 

Jae Son National Park had to close its mineral-water bath for two days and prohibited visitors from swimming in its waterfalls.

 

Meanwhile, a landslide blocked a rail line and several spots suffered flooding in Lamphun's Mae Tha district. Forest run-off from Khun Tan Mountain in Lamphun's Muang district causing a 50m-wide 50m-deep sinkhole underneath railway at 4am; caused the train services to Lamphun and Chiang Mai to halt. Train passengers had to take buses from Lampang Train Station to Lamphun and Chiang Mai instead. Officials needed up to 10 days to fix the railway. The landslide also blocked the entrance to Khun Tan National Park and Khun Tan Moo 8 Village."

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Road to recovery after Thai floods [VIDEO]

Road to recovery after Thai floods [VIDEO] | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it
Thailand was hit by devastating flooding last year since then the government has launched a series of flood-prevention initiatives.
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Has Thailand learned from last year's floods?

Has Thailand learned from last year's floods? | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it
The BBC's Jonathan Head asks whether the rush by Thai authorities to respond to last year's flooding disaster could end up doing more harm than good.

 

"The monsoon rains have started falling heavily in Thailand again, and everyone is wondering: are we in for a repeat of last year?

The flooding that swamped central Thailand last year was the worst the country had experienced in half a century. It killed nearly 800 people, and, according to the World Bank, cost the country an estimated $45bn (£28bn).

 

The entire global supply chain for some consumer electronics and automobiles was disrupted, because factories operated by multinational companies near Ayutthaya were under water.

 

Fortunately, the forecast is more encouraging this year."

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Thailand determined to prevent flooding this year

"Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra unveiled her government's flood protection measures Friday, as the rainy season gets under way and flooding concerns mount."

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Uttaradit flooding forces school closures

Uttaradit flooding forces school closures | Thailand Floods (#ThaiFloodEng) | Scoop.it

"UTTARADIT, Aug 27 - Uttaradit's Laplae district remains under floodwater today with several schools temporarily closed and 10,000 rai of rice fields inundated."

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