Flood woes return to Thailand: Ruptured dyke repaired quickly at Lad Krabang Industrial Estate in Eastern Bangkok



Ruptured dyke quickly repaired

Repairs of the earthen dyke around Lad Krabang Industrial Estate were completed yesterday, Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said.

Mr Plodprasop, who also heads the government’s Water and Flood Management Commission, said the dyke gave way on Saturday evening because it was too old.

Heavy rainfall had damaged the dyke until it was unable to hold back the water, allowing water from Khlong Taeng Mo to flow into the estate, he added.

Repairs were finished yesterday and the flood water has been completely pumped out, Mr Plodprasop said.

Officials also checked other vulnerable areas around the industrial estate.

Mr Plodprasop said no residential communities were affected by the surge of water.

The Lat Krabang district and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA’s) Drainage and Sewerage Department were responsible for repairing the dyke and draining the estate.

Mr Plodprasop denied that the water was released from upstream areas or came from flooded fields.

The Royal Irrigation Department was siphoning water out of Khlong Taeng Mo and nearby Khlong Bueng Bua to reduce water levels in the canals.

Verapong Chaiperm, governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, said the earthen dyke will be replaced with a concrete one. A contractor will be selected and the replacement is expected to be finished by May, he said.

Mr Verapong added workers will introduce other measures across Khlong Taeng Mo to slow down the flow of water.

Meanwhile, parts of 10 provinces are still flooded, with 179,074 people affected in 1,615 villages across 37 districts, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department announced yesterday.

The 10 provinces are Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and Nakhon Pathom.

The flood situation in Ratchaburi, Satun, Surat Thani, Phangnga and Ranong has returned to normal.

See article and photo in the Bangkok Post

 

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