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Overall flood situation in Thailand has improved: FROC

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BANGKOK, 31 October 2011 (NNT) – The Flood Relief Operations Center of Thailand (FROC) said the overall flood situation has improved while more reinforcement on the west side of the Chao Phraya River will be made to cushion a high sea tide on 15 November 2011.

FROC Spokesperson Gen Palangkoon Klaharn said the amount of the northern run off, which is passing through Nakhon Sawan province, has continuously declined. The Royal Irrigation Department will from now try to lower the speed of the torrent and the amount of water going through the sluice gate of the Chao Phraya dam as well as other gates by 10% for five consecutive 5 days.

Gen Palangkoon said the measure would help lower the flood level in Bangkok and the outlying areas of the Chao Phraya and Tha Chin Rivers during the period of low tides from 3-15 November. During this time, embankments on the west side of the Chao Phraya River will be reinforced to prepare for the next round of high sea tides.

The waters in canals and rivers have been continuously drained into Khlong Saen Saeb to quickly reduce the flood level in Bangkok. 3,000 large-sized sandbags will be put together to create a 3.5 kilometer-long dyke from Khlong Prem Prachakorn to Lak Hok, according to Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat. The dyke is expected to be completed by 3 November.

The project will help reduce the flood level on Vibhavadi Rangsit and Phahon Yothin roads and prevent the water at Muang Ek housing estate from flowing into Khlong Prapa Canal.

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