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Industrial estates ‘safe’ from deluge

Posted by arnon_k On November - 15 - 2011

Bangchan and Lat Krabang industrial estates in eastern Bangkok should be safe from floods because they are located in areas where water can be controlled, authorities say.

Anond Snidvongs, an academic on the Flood Relief Operation Command’s water drainage committee, said yesterday that unlike industrial estates in Ayutthaya province, Bangchan and Lat Krabang industrial estates were in areas where the water was under control for the time being.

“Industrial estates in the two areas are under different conditions in their vicinities,” Mr Anond said.

“Water from Bang Chan and Lat Krabang [districts] can be controlled; otherwise, it would be much higher than that in Ayutthaya.

“Water in Bang Chan can be contained at 1.5m [above mean sea level], lower than the critical level of 1.6m that the industrial estate has set. Without this control, the water level would have been higher a long time ago.”

Mr Anond said removing big sandbags in Don Muang district would not send floodwater to Victory Monument; however it would slow down flood drainage in Don Muang and Laksi districts.

As long as there are no further removals of big sandbags in Don Muang, he believed that the heart of Bangkok would be safe from flooding.

Opposition Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva inspected the situation at Bangchan Industrial Estate yesterday.

He said water was being rapidly discharged from Khlong Bang Chan inside the estate into Khlong Saen Saep and floodwater in front of the industrial estate should recede as a result of the effort.

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said the army was doing its best to protect Bangchan and Lat Krabang industrial estates in eastern Bangkok.

He said the management of both estates sought help from the military and the government ordered soldiers to meet the requests. Soldiers have built a few parallel lines of soil dykes around Bangchan Industrial Estate and by the canal passing through the compound.

Several tiers of the dykes are aimed at effectively preventing flooding and result from lessons at industrial estates in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces where single-line dykes could not resist floodwater, the army chief explained.

Gen Prayuth also asked the government and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration which are under control of rival political parties to join forces to solve the flooding problem.

In the medium term, the government should repair roads, and in the long term it should develop floodways and maintain waterways to effectively handle the floodwater in accordance with the advice of His Majesty the King, Gen Prayuth said.

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