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been pishing down in Krabi for the last 3 days.....dunno if its the same storm or not....

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Storm expected to bring heavy rains

Emergency rescue units will be deployed

BANGKOK: -- A new tropical storm is expected to bring heavy rain to Bangkok today and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has prepared more than 1,000 water pumps and 1.7 million sandbags to cope with expected flooding. Residents living in flooded areas, particularly along the Chao Phraya river and canals, can request sandbags from their district offices, Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin said yesterday.

He said the city has set up a centre to deal with the flooding in cooperation with three public service radio stations. Residents may request help through their hotline numbers at 1555 for the BMA call centre, 1644 for Sor Wor Phor 91 radio, 1677 for Ruam Duay Chuay Kan radio, and 1137 for Jor Sor 100.

Meanwhile, 140 emergency rescue units with both men and vehicles will be deployed in the capital from tomorrow to help vehicles that may be disabled by floods, Prime Minister's Office Minister Newin Chidchob said yesterday.

He said the move was part of the ''roads of smiles'' project to cope with possible traffic jams and flooding as a result of heavy downpours expected this week.

The depression could hit Vietnam today and the Meteorological Department has predicted widespread rain in many parts of the country including Bangkok.

Of the 140 emergency rescue units, 10 will be equipped with large trucks to tow away large vehicles, and the other 130 with smaller trucks to remove lighter vehicles. Motorists can call Jor Sor 100 and the Sor Wor Phor 91 radio stations, the traffic police or the 1376 hotline for help and the units nearest to them will come to their help, said Mr Newin.

''In the past, we knew there would be problems but there were no specific units to help stalled vehicles. The prime minister, who is in the US and is concerned about the possible chaos the depression could cause, has ordered that preparations be made to help relieve traffic congestion in case of flooding,'' he said.

Mr Newin yesterday chaired a meeting of 600 student volunteers recruited to fight traffic problems at the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University.

He said that from Sept 22 the volunteers will take to the streets for six days to gather road information as well as public opinions and recommendations on how to solve traffic problems on three major city roads _ Phetchaburi road from Yommarat to Khlong Tan, Sukhumvit road from the Charoenphon intersection to Thepharak, and Rama IV road from Sam Yan to Kluay Namthai.

-- Bangkok Post 2005-09-18

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

I thought you guys had been getting your share?

There were floods in Sri Racha this week and that is only 25Km north of Pattaya.

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Bangkok braces for flooding as depression Vicente hits Northeast and other regions

BANGKOK: -- Bangkok is bracing for much more rain Sunday evening, water with no place to go, as season weather moves into Thailand from Vietnam and Laos.

A tropical depression moving across Laos and Cambodia from Vietnam is expected to hit the northern, northeastern and eastern regions of Thailand Sunday bearing heavy rainfall and possible flash floods, according to an announcement issued by the Meteorological Department.

The announcement, released Saturday evening, said the depression named Vicente--then centred 120 km east of the Vietnamese central province of Quang Tri--was expected to hit the province today.

At least 11 provinces in Thailand's North, Northeast and East are expected to expererience heavy rainfall and flash floods. As the depression moves further inland and then out to sea it will also cause heavy storms in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea for the next three or four days, the announcement said.

The warning came as a number of provinces in those regions are already flooded. In Kalasin province, for example, more than 2,000 rai of ricefields have been damage while commercial fisheries and fish farms in Yasothon province suffered extensive losses as water levels in the Chi River rose significantly.

Villagers in Roi Et built sandbag barriers to prevent floodwaters from entering their communities as the waters rose to some 1.5 metres.

In the norther province of Phitsanulok, water runoff from Sukhothai province to the north forced 270 families to evacuate to higher ground, including some near roadsides.

In Bangkok, Governor Apirak Kosayodhin said more than 1,000 pumps were ready for emergency use.

Each district office in the capital has 15 to 20 high capacity pumps on emergency standby and embankments built from some of the 1.7 million sandbags determined necessary to protect the city were already in place along the banks of the Chao Phya River.

Government weather forecasts allowed time for preparations to deflect floodwaters from and protect the city from excessive damage.

Mr. Apirak said water could be drained within an hour if the amount of rain was not more than 60 mm, except in certain areas such as Sri Nagarin road where there are no storm sewers even as adjacent areas are already inundated due to high tides and heavy rains in the past several days.

--TNA 2005-09-18

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Hmmm, yes a klong runs through Chidlom, Bangkok.

Out of interest what happens to all those underground carparks during flooding, or have the builders thought of this issue?

How are you guys doing in Bangkok?

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Mr. Apirak said water could be drained within an hour if the amount of rain was not more than 60 mm, except in certain areas such as Sri Nagarin road where there are no storm sewers even as adjacent areas are already inundated due to high tides and heavy rains in the past several days. 

This is where I live :o

Still have water from last thursday, it was totally flooded

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well its 6pm, this storm should be hittin about now.. And its one of the nicest evenings theres been in bkk for weeks now :o

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been pishing down in Krabi for the last 3 days.....dunno if its the same storm or not....

Ditto in Phuket - I think you're getting our left-overs. :o

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well its 6pm, this storm should be hittin about now.. And its one of the nicest evenings theres been in bkk for weeks now  :D

The silence before the storm, normally means its going to big a big one, just like when your in the eye of the storm.

I've just spent the weekend in BKK and arrived back in Petchabun 30 minutes ago with a pickup full of Hifi gear that would have been ruined if it hit earlier, didn't know anything about it untill now.

Hope you all have fun, get yer wellingtons out :o

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