Thai scientists say that within the next ten years, a significant part of Bangkok may be under a layer of sea water, says the Thai newspaper Nation.
Director of the Research Center for Environment the Princess Suri Supharadit Sirindhon professor said that if current abnormal climatic processes continue, Bangkok will share the fate of eight other Asian cities, which in the next decade could face partial or complete inundation, the newspaper said.
Abnormal in quantity and intensity of precipitation in the north-eastern, central and southern Thailand, led this year to the catastrophic floods in some provinces. The flood in October — November, in the different provinces of Thailand killed about 250 people.
If the flood season, reinforced abnormal rains, the water will flow into the city at a speed of more than 4100 cubic meters per second, the likelihood of permanent flooding of entire areas of Bangkok will rise sharply, says the scientist.
Another factor threatening Supharadit called meteorologists recorded a five per cent increase in the annual amount of precipitation in Bangkok and surrounding areas.
Among the risk factors scientist named annual "sagging" of the land in some areas by 4 inches and the water level in the Gulf of Thailand by 1.3 centimeters per year.
The scientist said that if his prediction 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.
Floods occur in Bangkok 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 and 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: Ten years ago, traveling or standing "waist-deep in water" cars were not uncommon in many streets of the city, now the water is drained from the streets in the first hours after the flooding.
However, the abnormal rainfall 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 can not cope, experts say the city administration. In this regard, experts Bangkok City Hall to begin drafting a series of drainage tunnels, large diameter.
However, the question of how many such tunnels can compensate for the catastrophic flow of water, including the sea, experts can not yet answer.
Source: RIA Novosti