Water in Bangkok started flooding the central districts of the metropolis. In Chinatown, the water level in some places has already reached one meter. First flooding began at the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha — the two main attractions of the capital of Thailand, which was never mentioned in the past.
The water level in the flowing river through the center of Bangkok on the eve Chaopraya broke a new record. According to the governor Suhumbhand Paribat, as of Friday morning, the water level reached 2.47 meters above sea level. It is only 3 cm below the height of hydraulic barriers along the banks of the river and the gateway to gateway systems.
However, in the Gulf of the tide. Sea water for 10-15 meters closer to the city, making it difficult to drain the water in the bay. It is expected that because of the coincidence of the tide and the arrival in Bangkok huge mass of water from the northern and central parts of the country on Saturday at 18:00 local time (15:00 GMT) in the river water Chaopraya rise by 2.65 meters above sea level . This is 15 cm higher than the height of dams and locks. In the worst-case scenario of the situation in Bangkok will be completely submerged by Sunday morning.
On Thursday and Friday, the mass exodus of residents leaving the water 9000000th Bangkok resulted in huge traffic jams at the exit of the town and the unprecedented pandemonium in Suvanabhumi airport continues to operate. The roads leading from the capital to the north, northwest, west and east flooded. In Bangkok rapid lack of drinking water and food.
However, the lack of drinking water is noted in the southern provinces of Thailand. In Cha-Am and Hua Hin shelves designated for drinking water, empty. The stores have disappeared as rice, bread, eggs, canned food and chocolate. Now citizens are buying sweet soda and beer. On the streets of vehicles exhibited on distribution of drinking water in containers of consumers. The fact that the water is not enough, because in northern Thailand flooded factories to produce plastic bottles for drinking water. As a result, the supply of the stores of essential goods.
Number of victims of the worst floods in five decades in Thailand for close to 400. Statistics do not keep up with reports of the victims. Flood-affected total of at least 3 million people. Under the water were almost two-thirds of Thailand, told Itar-Tass.