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Expert says “worst case” over

In his daily flood analysis, GIS expert Dr. Anond Snidvongs said cooperation with city government has not been a  problem at the operational level. BMA pumps have now been operating 24 hours a day. Good

The flood for those residents outside flood barrier will lessen in 14 days.

If Big Bag levee is finished, floodwater will slow and BMA can drain the existing floodwater. Inner Bangkok is definitely safe due to efficient drainage system.

Flood management strategies:

Bangkok North: Barrier and drainage system.

Bangkok East: Regulate waterflow.

Bangkok West (Thonburi): Royally initiated water retention area.

No one wants to see rising water in their communities. Government must make understanding that affected residents will be compensated.

Hundreds of Chinese pumps arrived today. BMA will begin draining floodwater in Thonburi.

Huge water mass above Bangkok is true but most will come down via Chao Phraya river.

"We must try to live with flood. If we did not have water management in place, Bangkok would be flooded at chest deep now."

Dr. Anond assured that worst case scenario has passed for inner Bangkok.

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