October 21st, 2011
02:02 AM ET

Thailand to open flood gates to save capital

Thailand's prime minister asked all Bangkok residents to move their belongings to higher ground as government workers fought to contain flooding inching toward the capital city.

Government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng said the move is a precautionary measure.

"We think that a state of emergency is not necessary at this moment," she said.

To protect their cars, residents double parked along elevated highways, making it nearly impossible to navigate around a city where traffic is congested on a normal day.

As water from Thailand's worst flood in half a century bore down on the capital, officials changed course.

Until now, they had hoped that strengthening flood barriers and widening canals would keep populated areas safe.

But now the government is trying a different tack: opening floodgates to relieve pressure on dams and levees and send the water toward the sea.

The decision to divert water through canals in Bangkok means parts of the city will likely be flooded.

On Friday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said officials were considering which areas to let the water flow through to minimize impact on the populace.

They hope the water will not overflow the canals and spill into the streets, bringing the kind of misery to the capital city that its northern suburbs have seen.

As a precaution, the Thai Army was bringing in 100 boats to help those trapped in their houses.


Filed under: Flooding • Thailand • Weather • World
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    October 21, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hopefully, there will be no further loss of life in Thailand; there has been so many deaths already.
    My sympathy to those affected.

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    October 21, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pedro'

    It no berry rainy here in Thairand. No much rain. You want crab rangoon? Beef ro mein? Berry berry guud !

    October 21, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
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    October 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe aka rabbit hunter along with females

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    October 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

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    October 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    I just cant stop thinking about the size of the roots in Sadams hole

    October 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
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