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Insurers want a plan
"Foreign insurers have stopped taking in flood reinsurance as they lack confidence in Thailand's water management system. This is crucial. No matter how much the government is doing in rehabilitating industrial estates, investors need allrisks insurance or they could relocate investment," Finance Minister Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala said today.
Finance Permanent Secretary Areepong Bhoochaoom is assigned to lead a delegation to meet foreign insurers, where the government's water management plan would be unveiled to win back their confidence. In a recent discussion, Singaporean insurers suggested the necessity of an effective water management plan.
Officials say the highly venomous snakes include two adults – two meters long - and 13 one meter-long young ones.
Anyone spotting the snakes must alert the Zoo and Wildlife Veterinary Society of Thailand via hotline 1362 or the Jor Sor 100 radio station at 027119160.
Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand vice president Chisanu Tiyacharoensri said that green mambas are yellowish green in color and are larger than green snakes. He urged people to stay away from the snakes and be careful not to be bitten because there was no serum available in Thailand at present for their venom.
MWA officials said on Wednesday they need time to improve water quality. In the meantime the plant cannot produce tapwater as normal.
People in some areas to the east of the Chao Phraya River will have a reduced water supply as a result.
The lower quality of raw water was the result of the damage to the earth dyke in Dong Mueang last Saturday, that caused floodwater from Muang Ake housing estate in Pathum Thani to pour into the canal, they said.
Following the government order to open the Khlong Sam Wa sluice gate to 1 meter and the road blockage by angry residents, some of whom damaged earthen levee at the gate to release floodwater from their communities, BMA workers yesterday repaired the damaged section, using wooden pillars, sandbags and 10 sheet plies.
This was the main reason why the irrigation department asked for and received approval from the flood centre to manage the west side of Bangkok.
The first step is to control the release of water from the North so that the rate of water replenishment will be less than the outflow.
This could be done by releasing less water from major dams such as Bhumiphol, Sirikit and Pasak and controlling the level of Chao Phraya River by using Chai Nat's Chao Phraya dam. The objective was to stop the river overflowing its banks.
This would reduce the floodwater in the fields as the water would flow back into the Chao Phraya, Mr Chalit said.
The second step was to limit the intake of Pholthep sluice gate at Chai Nat so as to reduce the volume of water flowing into the Tha Chin river and instead of overflowing its bank the river would able to drain off excess water in the flooded plains in Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and the Thon Buri side.
Mr. Sukhumbhand called on officials of both the Froc and the BMA to refrain from making comments that could lead to conflict.
Bangkok governor said he had discussed flood situation on the phone with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and asked for cooperation in the efforts to prevent the capital from flooding.
“A high ranking official at Froc had earlier said that the centre could not work with the BMA, but since the prime minister and I have no problem with each other there should be no problem anymore,” he said.
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