Thai authorities are scrambling to protect industrial estates in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces as flood waters have begun inundating low-lying areas in the Central Plains, according to a Bangkok Post report.
Flood waters have already reached Ayutthaya province, and sluice gates intended to protect urban areas of the province have not yet been completed.
Days of heavy rain in the upper central, lower northeastern, and eastern regions of the country have also resulted in flash floods in many provinces, affecting both farmland and businesses.
The Saha Rattana Nakorn Industrial Estate is the only one of six industrial estates in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces where floodwalls have not yet been completed, and Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk said he was concerned about the situation there for this reason.
The flood protection system there is only 30% completed.
Water from Nakhon Sawan province has reached Bangkok and the level of the Chao Phraya River in the capital and nearby provinces is rising quickly, said Suthep Noipairoj, deputy director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department.
But Mr. Suthep said because Bangkok is protected with embankments along the river it would not be flooded.
Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said currently 40% of the dam reservoirs were filled, compared with 90% in 2011 when massive flooding hit the nation.
He also noted that the Chao Phraya River tide is only about one meter above the mean sea level, so he feels confident Bangkok will be safe from flooding. Image/Thanarak Khoonton/Bangkokpost.com