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It seems to me like an attempted face-saver before the event:

If it floods it's due to the worst rains in 100 years; nothing they could have done;

If it doesn't what a great job they have done preventing flooding despite the worst rains in 100 years.

Yes - that's about the size of it. More concerned with political posturing and face-saving rather than trying to do anything about it.

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after a crew of inmates from the Corrections Department dredged drainage pipes, rain-induced flooding time had been cut down from three hours to just one hour in many spots in Bangkok.

Isn't it amazing what maintenance on storm drains will do for drainage. Now if the BMA and the rest of Thailand performed regular/scheduled maintenance on all there infrastructure as it should be done, there would be much less property damage, personal injuries, and in some cases loss of life.

Good idea but that would require forward thinking.Don't forget where you are.

T.I.T Totally Incompatant T--ts

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It doesn't really matter who is being unclear on the amount of rainfall, what is clear is that BKK cannot handle even normal rainfall.

If the drainage system was efficient enough then their wouldn't be the flooding of roads as we have all witnessed, clearly they are not efficient or not up to the job !!

But the drainage system does work efficiently and does clear out the water. The floods from last year are no longer here so it must be efficient. It may take some time, weeks or months for the water to disappear but it will go away. So the system works.

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Royal Irrigation Dept: Upstream water to have no impact on key economic areas of Bangkok

BANGKOK, 29 September 2012 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department has assured that the water from upstream will not have any damaging impact on the economic zones of Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

The Royal Irrigation Department Director-General Lertviroj Kowattana revealed on Friday that the combined water volume behind 10 dams upstream of Bangkok stands at 62 percent of their total storage capacity. This means these dams will still be able to accommodate around 9.8 billion cubic meters of water.

At the same time, such major rivers as the Yom River and the Nan River still have more-than-enough room to accommodate future rainfall while the drainage system around downstream areas is still operating efficiently, according to the Royal Irrigation Department.

Accordingly, Mr. Lertviroj assures that the water resources management in the Chao Phraya river basin, from the upstream to the midstream and the downstream areas, has been under control and that no water will ever flow down to hurt the economic areas in Bangkok and surrounding provinces just like in late 2011.

In related news, the Royal Irrigation Department Director-General said that the severe flooding in Prachin Buri Province’s Kabin Buri District is expected to resolve and the situation will return to normal by September 30th or October 1st at the latest.

He added that the drainage of flood water in Kabin Buri District to Bang Pakong River will not have any impact on the drainage work on Bangkok’s western side, which is a part of the downstream area of the Chao Phraya river basin.

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I would have thought any business who gets flooded is just as important as the behemoths - so why make such a stupid statement as "will have no impact on key economic areas". Go talk that to the people trying to eek a living under water now. Insensitive ignoramuses. mad.gif

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This article was a nonsensical childlike transcription of who said what in and out of context regardless of fact or verification.

The problem is there is no way to accurately measure rain fall in Bangkok. here in Chiang Mai we will often get rain in one part of the city and none in another.. Bangkok covers a much larger area and it is easy to get different figures if you measure in different areas.

I know it may be a small thing but with the amount of rain they do get unless some thing is done about the drainage systems the problem can only get worse. As Bangkok sinks the drainage systems also sink.

There is an easy way to accurately measure rainfall in Bangkok. All they need are tens or hundreds maybe even thousands of electronic rain gauges connected through the internet to the mainframe computer at the Meteorological Department. That way they will know the level of rainfall in any given area at any given time.

Of course none of that would help since they don't have, or are unable to maintain, the infrastructure to cope with large quantities of rain anyway. TIT

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Do any of the Thai TV readers believe this tripe the BMA is trying to sell?

Ooooooooooh, many did last year!

As long as the BMA said the exact opposite of the government...and until we all found out, that the BMA was also talking out of their @sses!

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This article was a nonsensical childlike transcription of who said what in and out of context regardless of fact or verification.

That's exactly how Thai reporters and editors work. The legal structure is partly to blame due to the obsolete criminal libel laws that are used to intimidate journalists and which discourage quality people from entering the industry. Most of the reporters are close to brain dead and the safest thing for the editors to do is just let them print a string of contradictory unverified quotes to fill up the space.

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after a crew of inmates from the Corrections Department dredged drainage pipes, rain-induced flooding time had been cut down from three hours to just one hour in many spots in Bangkok.

Isn't it amazing what maintenance on storm drains will do for drainage. Now if the BMA and the rest of Thailand performed regular/scheduled maintenance on all there infrastructure as it should be done, there would be much less property damage, personal injuries, and in some cases loss of life.

Well said, however you have not taken into account that this would require three 4 letter words which rarely exist in the male Thai work place, try rearranging these 4 letter words; Work, Plan, Hard.coffee1.gif

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