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Khlong Watch - 5 p.m.
The level of Khlong Phra Kanong (Phra Kanong canal) at Ban Lai pumping station has dropped about 25 centimeters from the previous sighting 24 hours earlier. However, the current has increased and the khlong is carrying more debris. This may indicate that more sluice gates have been opened allowing more water to pass through more quickly at the Ban Lai checkpoint. The canal opens directly into the Chao Phraya river. Local residents feel that the combination of a lower water level of the canal and a faster current suggests that the canal at this point in time is doing its job admirably, draining Bangkok.
Former Irrigation Department chief and water expert Pramote Mai-glad expressed confidence that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration can defend against tide surge into Chao Phraya river, inundating some areas.
Mr. Pramote was invited by both BMA and Froc (the flood relief center)to give advice, agreed with the measure to open sluice gates to allow water to flow into canals in inner Bangkok to help drain off excess water, but BMA must manage the water in the canals not to be too high to overflow banks.
troops on Sunday reinforced vulnerable barriers along Bangkok's Chao Phraya
river after a sudden rise in the water level set back efforts to contain the
worst floods in decades.
Science Minister Plodprasob Surassawadee on Sunday urged the government to tell the truth to Bangkok residents and predicted that all parts of Bangkok would be flooded more than a month. The head of the National Disaster Warning Center, said the government should immediately give all the truth to the people without worrying that the truth would cause panic among the public.
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