THE flooding at central Ang Thong province is worsening with the Chao Phraya River brimming up and is now less than a meter off the top of the levees at its key economic and official zone, INN News said today (Oct. 25).
The river water has surged up above the crisis 8 meter level with there being less than a meter of flood barrier space left. Municipality officials are pumping water out at many points across the flood barriers and have put sandbags at risky areas to prepare for further rise of the river which is continuously doing so.
At C7A area just ahead of Ang Thong City Hall the Chao Phraya river water is 8.95 meters high today while the bank level is 9.32 meters and the water is flowing at 2,613 million cubic meters a second and unceasingly rising.
Right in front of Ang Thong City Hall where the Royal Cremation ceremonies for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are taking place the levee is 9.50 meters high but the river water level today is 8.89 meters which means the flood wall is able to block the flow by just another 50 centimeters.
However sandbags have been added to the levee and 5 water pumps installed with officers from the 13th Border Patrol Police in Kanchanaburi also here to help flood victims.
Mrs Umaphorn Thepraksa, 38,of Phongpheng subdistrict of Pa Mok district whose house is so badly flooded she can’t live there anymore has taken shelter by the roadside.
She said Phongpheng canal which flows into the Chao Phraya river is rising continuously leading to increasing number of people suffering and more as asking for tents to live in temporarily.
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