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Thai government tries to stop floods

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The Thai government is capable of preventing Bangkok from being severely flooded, Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said on Friday afternoon. The government also can prevent the floodwater from further flowing into the industrial estates in Ayutthaya province, he said.

“I am confident that the government would be able to protect the capital from being inundated to avoid severe damage on the economy,” the minister said.

The remaining non-flooded industrial estates in the central province are the sites of major auto-parts manufacturers supplying parts for the main plants in the Map Ta Phut industrial estate of Rayong province. If they were submerged, the damage could be as high as 100 billion baht, he said.

Mr Plodprasop said the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry is now responsible for building flood prevention walls at Khao Mao and Suan Plu canals and raising the flood embankment along the Pa Sak River.

The Transport Ministry is overseeing the flood walls along the banks of Sakoo canal to prevent floodwater from overflowing into the Hi-Tech (Bang Wa) industrial estate, the minister said.

Companies in the estate were asked to shutdown from today to facilitate the work.

The Science and Technology Ministry and the navy will take care of driving the flow out of these areas and army troops are constructing flood walls around the Rojana industrial estate, he added.

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