Bangkok City Hall announced on Saturday that during the strongest in 50 years of seasonal flooding in the Thai capital from the disaster suffered 494.893 thousand people in 12 partially submerged urban areas. Hall published a statement today the Thai media.
Since late October, when the water accumulated over the northern outskirts of Bangkok, began to penetrate the city and flooded low-lying urban areas of 50 districts of 12 were fully or partially flooded to a depth of 20 centimeters to 2 meters. A total of 494.893 thousand people living in those areas affected by the floods, according to the document. The population of Bangkok, including temporary residents in the capital of Thai nationals and foreigners, is 12 million people.
Today, experts Bangkok city administration also announced that on the morning measurements of water level in the channel Bang Si, which was the boundary separating two flooded area north of the city center of Bangkok, has decreased by more than 20 centimeters. Experts believe that central Bangkok is not subject to floods, unless there is a major accident in the system of pumping water from the canal into the river Chao Phraya. "Now the water will rush into the center of Bangkok, only in one case: if both fail at least five of the 17 pumps used in pumping water," — said in a statement the group of experts Municipality.
In the northern parts of the water level has been steadily declining, as noted in the statement. At the same time subjected to flooding in western Bangkok, located on the right bank of the Chao Phraya River, the water level rises. This is explained by the fact that there continues to drain water from the northern suburbs and from the suburbs, as the Western district of Bangkok located in the valley, located partly below sea level. Today started a new tidal cycle in the Gulf of Thailand and the water into a tributary of the Chao Phraya River has once again risen above the normal level, but the level is far from the record levels that have been observed here on October 31.
Bangkok continues to struggle with the strongest in 50 years to seasonal flooding, which was caused by abnormal rainfall volume in the rainy season this year. Since July, the flood swept through the country from north to south, hit 26 of 77 provinces of Thailand. For four months flooding in various provinces of the country killed a total of more than 500 people. Thai economy suffered damage, the government previously estimated at 10 billion dollars, and independent experts — to $ 16 billion, according to RIA Novosti.