Authorities ordered to open the floodgates in Bangkok to save capital

The Thai government has ordered to open the floodgates in Bangkok to avert the threat of flooding from the capital, said on Thursday AFP referring to the statement of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The largest in the last half-century seasonal flooding in Thailand caused by heavy rains have led to a critical situation in the central and eastern regions of the country. Killing more than 300 people and affected about 3 million. In Bangkok, located near the 200 and 158 gateways pumping stations, the agency said."I decided to ask the (authorities) in Bangkok to open all gates, which could cause flooding, as quickly as possible to flush the sea. At the same time water pumps will continue to operate," — quoted as saying Shinawatra.According to the agency, the prime minister called the situation in the country "national crisis."On Wednesday evening, a government center for flood decided to "sacrifice" eastern parts of Bangkok for salvation from the flood of the city center. Three of the seven gateways (two on the Chao Phraya River, and one on one of the bypass channels) were open at night for the passage of water in the province of Nonthaburi, which is actually part of Bangkok, without going into it administratively, and in the eastern parts of the city — Minburi, Klong samvit and Sai Mai.Thursday Night Eastern Thai capital Bangkok and neighboring Nonthaburi province in the west of the country were completely flooded.On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a televised address to the people of Bangkok reported that the water broke in the lock channel Klong Prapa on the northern outskirts of the city, spilled feed and water along it moves to the center of the city — and Makkasan areas Sams. Klong Prapa channel — one of the longest in Bangkok.According to the Department of Irrigation in Thailand, north of Bangkok is now accumulated more than eight billion cubic meters of water flowing into the sea from a high northern areas of the country. In the way of this water mass is Bangkok, secure gateways, ramparts and three-meter barriers of sandbags.Chao Phraya river may flow into the sea 200 million cubic meters of water per day. Experts believe that the by-pass channels in the east and west of Bangkok can "convert" is not more than 86 million cubic meters of water per day


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