Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra Wednesday warned residents of seven districts to prepare themselves for possible flooding and monitor announcements by the city administration.
Sukhumbhand said Sai Mai, Bang Khen, Klong Samwa, Nong Chok, Min Buri and Lat Krabang could be flooded after the Klong Song, Klong Si, Klong Ha and Klong Hok sluice gates were opened to let upstream water into the Rangsit Canal.
Sukhumbhand said Rangsit Canal could hold only 400 million cubic metres of water but the four subcanals in Pathum Thani were expected to dump 1.2 billion cubic metres of water into Rangsit Canal.
“So, we need to tell the people to get prepared,” Sukhumbhand said.
Sukhumband said the residents of the districts should not panic but should move their items and power plugs to high ground.
He said the city administration would evaluate the situation in 24 hours and would issue statements every three hours until the situation eases.
He said the city administration has also drafted a evacuation plan, which could be enforced immediately if needed.
The governor admitted that it was difficult to predict the situation for the seven districts but the special flood alleviation centre of the city administration would evaluate the situation.
He said the city administration had prepared 156 evacuation centres and the people could find out about the centres by dialling 1556.