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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     28 October  2011

River hits new high

The water level of the Chao Phraya river was measured at 2.47 metres above sea level this morning, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said Friday.

MR Sukhumbhand said after inspecting the water level from Phra Pinklao bridge to Siriraj hospital that the Chao Phraya's water level rose to a new high.

The governor said he agreed with the government's Flood Relief Operations Centre's plan to dig channels into five major roads in an attempt to ease the massive flow of floodwater bearing down on the capital's inner areas.

Chatuchak clears
Bangkok’s famed market has cleared. Most of the stalls in Chatuchak market are empty after vendors evacuated to safer ground.

Flood wall repaired
A flood wall breached at three points in Bang Phlad which inundated Charan Sanitwong road for the past two days was successfully plugged Thursday night.

Wash away politics
On Friday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she wished the current flood crisis would wash away the existing political color codes.She said she wanted to see people of all circles cooperating to overcome the crisis and not to  think about political conflicts.

Expert speaks on flood
In a live TV brodacst, Dr Anond Sanitwong noted that if the government and BMA could manage to survive the high tides on October 30, 31, the flood situation will no longer pose any great threat.

He explained the reason for poor management of the flood especially the floodwater diversion to the east and the west as due to poor maintenance of various sluice gates and canals as the country has never faced a great flood for the past 20 years.

Japanese experts address flood
Two Japanese experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who have been in Thailand for a week to observe the flood situation say that people should not fear the flood threatening Bangkok because its nature is inundation, not a flash flood that occurred recently in  Japan.

People have time to walk around and move about as the flood will rise slowly over days due to the flat and wide areas that the northern floodwater has to travel.

The exception is when the flood is prevented to run its course by levees, raising the water level higher. When the levee is breached, the rushing floodwater can be dangerous.

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