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BANGKOK: -- BMA sets up emergency centre, pumps and sandbags to tackle expected floodwaters. Authorities launched measures yesterday to assist Bangkok residents expected to be affected by severe flooding after tropical storm “Vicente” strikes today. The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) has set up an emergency centre to tackle the impact of flooding. The centre will cooperate with three radio stations to keep people informed with the latest storm news.

In addition, five telephone hotlines will be available for anyone in need of assistance. These are 1644, 1677, 1137, 1555 and (02) 248 5115.

About 2,000 pumps have been set up to control flooding in the capital, as well as 1.7 million sandbags, which will be used to prevent water from the Chao Phya River overflowing into the capital, Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin announced.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Newin Chidchob also declared yesterday special services for Bangkok drivers who run into trouble during the storm. A fleet of large forklift trucks will be on standby at 10 stations around the city ready to remove six- to 10-wheeled trucks that hit difficulty. There will also be 130 smaller forklifts available to remove or repair smaller vehicles, he said.

Drivers in trouble should call the 1376 hotline number.

The tropical storm is expected to hit Bangkok today and is expected to cause widespread flooding in the capital from , when the BMA’s centre will begin operations.

“Normally, rainfall in Bangok is less than 60 millimetres and we could drain that water within an hour. However, the continual rainfall we will face today is expected to cause flooding as high as 150mm, making it impossible to drain the water,” .

The problem might be more serious as most canals and swamp areas are already filled to brimming with water, he said.

Apart from Bangkok, the weather men yesterday warned nine provinces in the East and Northeast to expect to feel the brunt of the tropical storm: Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaew, Chantaburi and Trat.

Fishermen in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand were also warned to expect strong winds for the next four days.

Meanwhile, residents in the provinces of Nakhon Sawan, Phichit and Chachoengsao yesterday were already facing serious flooding.

In Nakhon Sawan, about 500 banana farms in Chum Saeng district were hit by a 150cm-deep flood, forcing farmers to harvest their product early. Subsequently, they had to sell bananas at Bt2 per kilogram instead of the market price of Bt7.

In Phichit, continual rain has caused flooding in the districts of Sak Lek, Muang and Wangsai-phoon. Local villagers accused the provincial irrigation office of not opening the local dam’s water gate in time, causing the area to flood.

In Chachoengsao, flooded areas increased to affect 700 families yesterday. Water levels rapidly rose at the rate of 20cm per hour, creating concern that the local dam could break. Local radio stations broadcast a warning to residents to evacuate to higher ground. However, authorities denied at the end of the day that any danger had existed.

Despite flooding in other provinces, Phuket continues to suffer from drought. Deputy Interior Minister Somchai Sunthornvut visited the province yesterday and announced several measures to cope with the water shortage, including using water from old mine reservoirs and diverting water from Ratchaprapha Dam.

Local businessmen said they would invest Bt500 million to produce 10,000 cubic metres of freshwater per day from seawater. The project is expected to in the next six months.

-- The Nation 2005-09-18

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Bangkok braces for severe floods

BANGKOK: -- BMA sets up emergency centre, pumps and sandbags to tackle expected floodwaters. Authorities launched measures yesterday to assist Bangkok residents expected to be affected by severe flooding after tropical storm “Vicente” strikes today.

About 2,000 pumps have been set up to control flooding in the capital, as well as 1.7 million sandbags, which will be used to prevent water from the Chao Phya River overflowing into the capital, Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin announced.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Newin Chidchob also declared yesterday special services for Bangkok drivers who run into trouble during the storm.

The tropical storm is expected to hit Bangkok today and is expected to cause widespread flooding in the capital from , when the BMA’s centre will begin operations.

However, the continual rainfall we will face today is expected to cause flooding as high as 150mm, making it impossible to drain the water,” .

Apart from Bangkok, the weather men yesterday warned nine provinces in the East and Northeast to expect to feel the brunt of the tropical storm: Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaew, Chantaburi and Trat.

Fishermen in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand were also warned to expect strong winds for the next four days.

-- The Nation 2005-09-18

It is hoped that the above forecast is not correct ! The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre predicts a different outcomeie, ie dissipating over land at 1800 UTC Sunday 18 Sept. See below :-

WTPN31 PGTW 172100

MSGID/GENADMIN/NAVPACMETOCCEN PEARL HARBOR HI/JTWC//

SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING//

RMKS/

1. TROPICAL STORM 16W (VICENTE) WARNING NR 008

01 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE IN NORTHWESTPAC

MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE

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WARNING POSITION:

171800Z --- NEAR 16.8N 110.2E

MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS - 285 DEGREES AT 16 KTS

POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 060 NM

POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY SATELLITE

PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:

MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT

REPEAT POSIT: 16.8N 110.2E

---

FORECASTS:

12 HRS, VALID AT:

180600Z --- 18.0N 107.2E

MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 030 KT, GUSTS 040 KT

VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 300 DEG/ 15 KTS

---

24 HRS, VALID AT:

181800Z --- 19.4N 104.4E

MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 025 KT, GUSTS 035 KT

DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND

VECTOR TO 36 HR POSIT: 295 DEG/ 17 KTS

---

36 HRS, VALID AT:

190600Z --- 20.7N 101.0E

MAX SUSTAINED WINDS - 015 KT, GUSTS 025 KT

DISSIPATED AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND

---

REMARKS:

172100Z POSITION NEAR 17.1N 109.4E.

TROPICAL STORM (TS) 16W (VICENTE), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 110 NM

SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF HAINAN ISLAND, HAS TRACKED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD

AT 16 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE

HEIGHT AT 171800Z IS 10 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 180300Z, 180900Z,

181500Z AND 182100Z.//

NNNN

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It is hard to believe isn't it? :o

It's a slightly overcast but basically sunny day in Pattaya too... :D

But the Thai news sources are taking this one very seriously... the following bulletins come from thaisnews.com on 17 กันยายน 2548...

RAINFALL IS EXPECTED FROM SEPT. 18TH TO 22ND

The Meteorological Centre in the northeastern region of Thailand has issued a warning about the approaching tropical depression during September 18th and 22nd.

Mr. KRIANGSAK KET-IN (เกรียงศักดิ์ เกตุอินทร์), the meteorologist from the Meteorological Centre in the UBON RATCHATHANI (อุบลราชธานี) Province, said precipitation is covering the lower region in the north, the upper area of the central region and the lower part in the northeast. The Meteorological Centre has forecasted that a tropical depression would advance to central Vietnam and Lao this Sunday (September 18th). Later, the depression may enter the northeastern region of Thailand. As a result, the winds in the Gulf of Thailand and the southern Andaman coast would be stronger. Around 40 to 60 percent of Thailand’s area would then be covered with rainfall between September 18th and 22nd.

The provinces of NONG KHAI, NAKORN PHANOM, MUKDAHARN, CHAIYAPHUM, NAKORN RATCHASIMA, YASOTHON, UBON RATCHATHANI and AMNAJ CHAROEN (หนองคาย นครพนม มุกดาหาร ชัยภูมิ นครราชสีมา ยโสธร อุบลราชธานี อำนาจเจริญ) may also confront with heavy precipitation.

Also this article...

BANGKOK COULD BE FLOODED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, IN THE WAKE OF AN APPROACHING TROPICAL STORM

The prime minister has ordered preparations for possible floods in Bangkok for the beginning of this coming week, in the wake of the tropical storm that will hit Vietnam tomorrow.

The Minister Attached to the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Newin Chidchob (เนวิน ชิดชอบ), said the prime minister has ordered preparations for possible flooding in Bangkok, which could occur as an effect of the tropical storm that will make landfall in Vietnam tomorrow. This event will cause heavy rainfall in several provinces in Thailand over a period of 3-4 days. Therefore, the Prime Minister's Office has prepared 10 teams of volunteers and heavy lifting vehicles, as well as another 130 small teams, to assist people who could be affected by the flooding starting this Monday.

Flood-stricken people can call the Prime Minister's Office hotline on 1376 around the clock. They can also report to the Jor Sor Roi (จส.100) radio and Sor Wor Phor 91 (สวพ.91) radio stations.

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Certainly could be interesting if we do get another downpour. The street drains around our area (near Don Muang) are still totally full of water from last weeks deluge and I have noticed that the Klongs and open drains all the way up to Rangsit are still at peak levels.

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Ok, I think I will go and buy an inflatable boat - just to get the 1.2km to work :o

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Take a look. It is on the way.

http://www.intellicast.com/WeatherImg/Satellite/assat.gif

:o

trigz you are right about Don Muang. In the air base it is the highest I have seen it in years. :D

George thanks for the posting. We all should make notes of the numbers listed. :D

Out the door for shopping! :D

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Bangkok braces for severe floods

BANGKOK: -- BMA sets up emergency centre, pumps and sandbags to tackle expected floodwaters. Authorities launched measures yesterday to assist Bangkok residents expected to be affected by severe flooding after tropical storm “Vicente” strikes today. The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) has set up an emergency centre to tackle the impact of flooding. The centre will cooperate with three radio stations to keep people informed with the latest storm news.

In addition, five telephone hotlines will be available for anyone in need of assistance. These are 1644, 1677, 1137, 1555 and (02) 248 5115.

About 2,000 pumps have been set up to control flooding in the capital, as well as 1.7 million sandbags, which will be used to prevent water from the Chao Phya River overflowing into the capital, Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin announced.

Errr .... where they going to pump the water to? The pumping idea only works when sending the water to a lower surface level, and as the lower surface levels are the first to flood, this will be a bit like pushing it uphill with a broom.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Newin Chidchob also declared yesterday special services for Bangkok drivers who run into trouble during the storm. A fleet of large forklift trucks will be on standby at 10 stations around the city ready to remove six- to 10-wheeled trucks that hit difficulty. There will also be 130 smaller forklifts available to remove or repair smaller vehicles, he said.

Ooh - lots of cars damaged by the fork lifts' tines (the metal "forks") should really make the citizens happy

Drivers in trouble should call the 1376 hotline number.

The tropical storm is expected to hit Bangkok today and is expected to cause widespread flooding in the capital from , when the BMA’s centre will begin operations.

“Normally, rainfall in Bangok is less than 60 millimetres and we could drain that water within an hour. However, the continual rainfall we will face today is expected to cause flooding as high as 150mm, making it impossible to drain the water,” .

As I said - where they going to send the water to?

The problem might be more serious as most canals and swamp areas are already filled to brimming with water, he said.

Err no - the canals are mostly infilled to create roads for the cars that will be lifted out by the forklifts

Apart from Bangkok, the weather men yesterday warned nine provinces in the East and Northeast to expect to feel the brunt of the tropical storm: Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaew, Chantaburi and Trat.

Fishermen in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand were also warned to expect strong winds for the next four days.

Does that mean a ban on the sale of baked beans then? :o

Meanwhile, residents in the provinces of Nakhon Sawan, Phichit and Chachoengsao yesterday were already facing serious flooding.

In Nakhon Sawan, about 500 banana farms in Chum Saeng district were hit by a 150cm-deep flood, forcing farmers to harvest their product early. Subsequently, they had to sell bananas at Bt2 per kilogram instead of the market price of Bt7.

In Phichit, continual rain has caused flooding in the districts of Sak Lek, Muang and Wangsai-phoon. Local villagers accused the provincial irrigation office of not opening the local dam’s water gate in time, causing the area to flood.

Hmmm - the opposite accusation to the one in Chiangmai, where the dam floodgates were opened too early and released the overflow at the same time as the rainwaters surged through the Ping river, leading to the flooding of half the city - poor Irrigation Authority just can't win can they?

In Chachoengsao, flooded areas increased to affect 700 families yesterday. Water levels rapidly rose at the rate of 20cm per hour, creating concern that the local dam could break. Local radio stations broadcast a warning to residents to evacuate to higher ground. However, authorities denied at the end of the day that any danger had existed.

left hand and right hand?

Despite flooding in other provinces, Phuket continues to suffer from drought. Deputy Interior Minister Somchai Sunthornvut visited the province yesterday and announced several measures to cope with the water shortage, including using water from old mine reservoirs and diverting water from Ratchaprapha Dam.

Local businessmen said they would invest Bt500 million to produce 10,000 cubic metres of freshwater per day from seawater. The project is expected to in the next six months.

-- The Nation 2005-09-18

Seems that the perennial problem is best summed up by a German scientist on TV last month (talking about Australia's water shortage) - "It amazes me that countries continually allow their precious freshwater resources to drain into the sea - it's a bit like filling the car petrol tank when there's a hole in the botton of it".

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Any rain you guys don't want up there would be most welcome in Pattaya :o

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This is quite a problem I remember 8 years ago (1996/7) on silom when it flooded so fast that cars were floating into eachother. Hope its not going to be the same. I thought the storm was going to stop as energy drops over land. Fingers crossed its just another smoggy day in the City :o

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Errr .... where they going to pump the water to? The pumping idea only works when sending the water to a lower surface level, and as the lower surface levels are the first to flood, this will be a bit like pushing it uphill with a broom.

:o Oh dear...Plan B?

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I better look for my cheap shoes,

It's 1145, Sun, and not a half bad day (so far ) ... :o

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I certainly am not a weather expert, but looking at the various tropical storm websites, it sure looks like Vicente is going to hit land maybe around Da Nang, and then push northwestward into Laos, as it fades.

I'm not sure how far out from the epicenter the really heavy rains fall, but it seems like there might not be such a bad situation here in Bangkok. Da Nang is a long way from here. I guess we will soon see.

Indo-Siam

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