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Water, Water Everywhere

Posted by BigDummyKenny on November 9, 2011

Bangkok Under Water

Everyone in Bangkok and many with travel plans to Bangkok seem to be asking the same question: how far into Bangkok will the water get?   Many people ignore official reports on the matter since over the past month the multitude of official statements have often conflicted and the credibility of most of those reports have been proven to be no more than wishful thinking.

Flood Management Efforts

I consider myself a pessimist when news comes from political sources.   So I tend to look for more scientific explanations of why the flood will, or won’t flood the central area of the city.  Given that backdrop, here are a couple articles I found interesting:

Article 1

Article 2

To get a good idea of the scope of the flooding already, take a look at the following:

My understanding is only two canals remaining for the flood to make it’s way from the north to Suk/Phloen Chit/Rama 1 Rd.  The first being the Sam Sen canal, which is just north of Victory Monument and generally runs from east to west:

and the second is the Saen Saeb, just south of Phetchaburi Road, also generally running east to west:

If the flood waters make it past these two canals from the north or these canals fail, there won’t be anything to prevent the central area of the city from flooding.  At this point, regardless of how much additional flooding takes place, it appears it will take close to a month before water in all areas begin to recede and several more weeks after that before the flooded neighborhoods are dry enough for clean up.

With the upcoming tourism season, it’s understandable why the government is trying to keep things as positive as possible.  If the two canals are breached and water does enter the central part of the city is will certainly ruin the travel plans of people who intended to holiday in Bangkok through the New Year.  Hopefully all government agencies and political parties put their individual interests aside and more cooperation is seen to avoid worst case scenarios.

For those interested, I’ve found one of the better sources for information regarding the day-to-day flood news have been the forums on Thai Visa and Teak Door.  Check out the Daily Flood Locations thread and among the other threads, the Floodwater Spreading Into Inner Bangkok thread on Thai Visa and the <a href=””<daily flood update</a> threads on Teak Door.


8 Responses to “Water, Water Everywhere”

  1. RealDaffyDuck said

    “Hopefully all government agencies and political parties put their individual interests aside and more cooperation is seen to avoid worst case scenarios.”

    You are a funny, funny man!

    • BigDummyKenny said

      @ RDD – Someone from the irrigation department stated that bangkok could be drained in about 10 days. Now that is funny.

      The way they’re trying to use the pumps to drain bangkok is like trying to drain a swimming pool with a drinking straws.

  2. adman said

    Water gone in 10 days?

    No way that’s going to happen.

  3. RealDaffyDuck said

    Let’s compare notes in 10 days? By then, I’m sure, the municipal govt will have taken action to address the situation … by appointing a new spokesperson to explain the situations better.

  4. RealDaffyDuck said

    Well, at least we don’t have to suffer another article from Kenny about “reporting in waterlogged Bangkok” or some such crap.

  5. RealDaffyDuck said

    Actually, it’s funny – Kenny’s blog continues to be overrun by spam and fleshbots.

  6. Soi Walker said

    I just read an article by a professor in one of the universities in Bangkok that said it would be at least a month and probably longer before the floodwaters are gone.

    I just had a look and, yea, it is rather funny. The spambots on the BBK site have taken over. 🙂

    • RealDaffyDuck said

      I just never tire of Werewolf’s poignant thoughts on the matter:

      “For an object lesson in what happens when a blog administrator abandons all responsibility for managing comments refer to the BigBabyKenny blog. “

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