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Bangkok weathers flooding
Bangkok is safe, with the massive water runoff from the north passing the capital.
The overall flood problem shows signs of easing, the government's flood relief centre announced yesterday. Most parts of Bangkok would definitely not be flooded, it added.
Some low-lying areas to the east of the capital which are outside of flood protective barriers may experience rising water, but the flooding is being contained, says the Royal Irrigation Department.
Affected areas include Klong Sam Wa, Lat Krabang, Min Buri and Nong Chok districts.
The biggest bulk of accumulated water from upstream provinces had flowed past the capital and emptied into the sea, said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut.
He said the RID had forecast the mass of water would reach Bangkok on the weekend.
Flood water in other provinces will stabilise and gradually recede, he said.
"I can confirm that the biggest water mass is behind us now," Mr. Theera said, adding that the Chao Phraya River would not burst through flood walls protecting Bangkok.
Yongsak Kongmak, of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, said flooding within flood-protected localities of Bangkok was the result of collected rainwater, not the northern water run-off.
Bangkok has high-capacity sluice gates to control the ebb and flow of water during high tide.
It was reported that the northern and eastern districts of Bangkok were particularly vulnerable to advancing water from Ayutthaya which has submerged communities and several industrial estates there.
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