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Thai Flood Update-October 31
Thai Flood Update-October 31
River tide to hit 2.5 meters
At 4.30am today, the low water level was measured at 1.53 meters.
The water will drop to 2.20 meters by 3.23 p.m., low tide, but would rise again, reaching 2.30 metres at 7.53 p.m., the department said.
Protecting inner Bangkok
She expressed the belief that after today's high tide peak of 2.5 meters above mean sea level, the water in the canals would drop and the flood would be gone draining more quickly into the sea through the eastern and western floodways.
The government would assess the flood situation on a daily basis after the high tide.
Ms. Yingluck said the volume of water in Ayutthaya province was now stable and expected to drop over the next one or two weeks.
The government has a long-term plan to help the industrial estates ravaged by floods, she said.
Japanese investors said they still had confidence in Thailand after the government explained its plans to the ambassadors of investor countries, she said.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra yesterday stressed the importance of building and strengthening a flood prevention line where Phahon Yothin Road meets Khong Rangsit.
He said the flood defence there is strategically important as it helps to prevent overflow from Khlong Rangsit from entering Bangkok's inner areas via Don Muang district and
MR Sukhumbhand said Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) authorities had failed to build the flood lines there because of heated resistance from residents putting authorities at risk.
He said if the Froc does not have enough personnel for the task, the BMA will send its own workers to help if the Froc can guarantee their safety.
Smith questions dam policy
"The Irrigation Department and EGAT at reserved too much water when the rains arrived, which were prolonged and heavy. It was simply irrational," he said.
"These two agencies did not know the right amount of water that should be stored, how much was too much and when they should drain the water. Even now, with the country inundated with flooding, water continues to be discharged from the Bhumibol, Sirikit and Pasak Jolasid dams. Why?"
Mr Smith insisted the discharges are unnecessary, as each dams is sufficiently overengineered against cracks even when running a surplus.
"The water should be allowed to overflow from these dams naturally. When the flood recedes, we must figure out why the responsible state agencies did what they did," he said.
ESCAP is now working with the regional satellite-based disaster information monitoring network Sentinel Asia, the International Charter Space and Major Disasters - supported by a dozen major world space agencies and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
The international support is helping GISTDA access satellite data more frequently, including from commercial satellites, for monitoring the socio-economic damage caused by the floods.
According to the statement by the UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, the initiative is in response to the Thai government’s request. It supplements ESCAP’s collaboration with the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) in Japan in providing assistance for better flood risk management in Asia and the Pacific. A joint ESCAP-ICHARM expert team is to conduct a field survey in Thailand next month. ESCAP also initiated collaboration for regular access to satellite data and long-term capacity development for disaster risk management in the country.
This week, ESCAP’s executive secretary Noeleen Heyzer visited the Flood Relief Operations Centre at the Don Mueang Airport. Then, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made the request for satellite data support.
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