Bangkok, Thailand — Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra warned city residents to prepare for flooding in the middle of October when water from upstream flowing into the Chao Praya River will coincide with high tides, according to Thai media reports.
He said water levels in the Chao Praya could rise by two meters on October 15 and 16.
The governor gave the warning Friday while inspecting the situation along the river and Bangkok Noi Canal.
About 200 households in communities outside Bangkok’s flood prevention dykes have already been hit by flooding.
Sukhumbhand said the 86 kilometers of dykes along the Chao Praya is almost finished, with only 700 meters remaining.
He said the level of water in the river today is at 1.6 meters above sea level, and the water from upstream is flowing into the city at 2,300 meters per second. He said Bangkok can handle water flow of up to 3,000 meters per second.
The governor was concerned about the 850 households in 25 communities outside the dykes because they would likely be affected by flooding between October 15-17.
Officials in the high risk districts have been asked to provide help for residents. Image/Bangkok Post Photographers