Flood season starting again in Thailand – Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) has set up a war room to monitor the situation
- Bangkok Post
- Published: 26 Sep 2013 at 18.59
All six industrial estates in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani provinces are now protected against flooding but other areas are battling rising water levels with rain expected to continue until Sunday.
Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk announced on Thursday that all industrial parks in the two provinces were well protected, including Saha Rattana Nakorn, where temporary barriers were being erected in case of an emergency,
Installation of a 6km temporary flood barrier at Saha Rattana Nakorn in Nakhon Luang district of Ayutthaya, which is 6.5 metres above sea level, is 30% complete, he said.
Earthen dykes are in place at the other five facilities: Bang Pa-In Industrial Estate, Ban Wa (HiTech) Industrial Estate and Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya under the supervision of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, and Nava Nakorn Industrial Zone and Bangkadi Industrial Park in Pathum Thani, under the Industrial Works Department.
``We are confident that the dykes surrounding the five industrial estates will be able to prevent flooding, because they are taller than the 2011 flood levels. We are also confident here [at Saha Rattana], because we have prepared flood barriers packed with sand in case of an emergency,” said Mr Prasert, adding that the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) has set up a war room to monitor the situation.
Ayutthaya deputy governor Tawee Narisirikul said water levels in the Chao Phraya River had fallen by 10-20cm since yesterday, so a repeat of the 2011 floods is unlikely.
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