BANGKOK, Dec. 17. Thai scientists say that within the next ten years, a significant part of Bangkok could be under a layer of sea water, says the Thai newspaper Nation.
Director of the Research Centre for Environment Sirindhon the Princess Suri Supharadit professor said that if current abnormal climatic processes continue, Bangkok will share the fate of eight Asian cities, which in the next decade could face partial or complete inundation, the newspaper said.
Abnormal in the number and intensity of precipitation in the north-eastern, central and southern Thailand, led this year to the catastrophic flooding in some provinces of the country. The floods in October — November in different provinces of Thailand killed about 250 people.
If the seasonal floods, reinforced abnormal rains, the water will flow into the city at a speed of more than 4100 cubic meters per second, the probability of permanent flooding of entire districts of Bangkok will rise sharply, says the scientist.
Another threatening factor Supharadit called meteorologists recorded a five per cent increase in annual precipitation in Bangkok and the surrounding area.
Among the risk factors scientist called the annual "sagging" of the land in some areas of the city by 4 inches and rising water levels in the Gulf by 1.3 centimeters per year.
The scientist said that if the forecast is correct, more than 680,000 citizens will be forced to move to other areas of the city.
Bangkok's population is about 12 million people.
Bangkok floods occur regularly, at least once a year, in September and October, before the end of the rainy season. Part of the city is below sea level, and therefore, in some areas of flood water level of 0.5 to 1.5 meters may persist for several hours and sometimes days.
Improved in recent years, the drainage system of the city as a whole to cope with floods, if ten years ago, traveling or standing "waist deep in the water" cars were a common sight on many streets of the city, now the water is drained from the streets during the first hours after the flooding.
However, the abnormal rains in July — October of this year triggered an unusually sharp rise in water level in the Chao Phraya River. There was a real danger of catastrophic flooding some city streets, which the drainage system could not cope, experts said the city administration. In this regard, experts Bangkok City Hall to begin drafting a series of drainage tunnels of large diameter.
However, the question of how many such tunnels will be able to compensate for the catastrophic flow of water, including the sea, experts can not yet answer.