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Japanese experts weigh in on Thai 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 innundation, 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.
Both agreed with the Thai government's effort to divert the flood water to the west and the east and to drain off the water to the sea as fast as possible.
One JAICA expert did not believe the worst case scenario that the flood in inner Bangkok to be as high as 1-1.5 metres as he did not believe that BMA's concrete floodwall will totally collapse.
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