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Bangkok braced for the worst

BANGKOK: Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has warned city dwellers in all 50 districts to prepare for serious flooding, as floodwaters from the north are due to arrive in the capital tonight.

Wednesday 26 October 2011, 06:46PM

The governor made the announcement as he inspected the water level in the Chao Phraya River, which he said has risen to around 2.40 metres above mean sea level.

The governor has instructed all 50 districts in the capital to be prepared for flooding, and expressed concern for 13 specially at-risk areas along the Chao Phraya River, as well as districts in northern and eastern Bangkok, including Lad Krabang, Nong Chok, Min Buri, Khlong Sam Wa, Khan Na Yao, Bang Khen, Sai Mai, Don Mueang, Chatuchak, and Bang Sue.

The situation will be assessed again this evening, and appropriate warnings will be issued, the governor said.

Meanwhile, flooding at Don Mueang Airport has reportedly expanded, now covering almost 90 per cent of the runways, according to a Thai News Agency (TNA) report.



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