Chiangrai Times – Flood experts warned on Friday that the Thai government’s flood prevention strategy might lead to submerging in several provinces in central Thailand this year.
Bangkok and nearby areas Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi should not be affected too badly by floods this year because enough dykes and embankments have been built to protect them, though Ayutthaya will be under more than 3m of water, Thai experts said on Thursday.
This prediction was made by consulting company Team Group, which presented its findings at the Knowing And Fighting Against Flooding seminar held on Thursday at Bangkok’s Emerald Hotel.
Team Group’s managing director, Mr Chawalit Chantararat, said a team of experts had used a model based on last year’s volume of water in order to make this prediction.
He said the team had discovered that many northern areas of Bangkok would be submerged, including sites around Rapeepat Rangsit and Prayoonrasak canals.
Somchai Baimuang, deputy director of the Thai Meteorological Department, said the average rainfall since the start of this year was higher compared to the same period last year. But he insisted that it was too early to say if the amount of rainfall this year will be higher than last year and that his agency would have to monitor the situation for another three months.