Bangkok On Alert For Floods

Bangkok On Alert For Floods

wat arun bangkok
Wat Arun Rajwararam, is a Buddhist temple in the Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok lies about two meters (6.5 ft) above sea level, which causes problems for the protection of the city against floods during the monsoon and high tides season.
Bangkok, and the nearby provinces comprise a series of plains and river deltas that lead into the Bay of Bangkok about 30 km (19 mi) south of the city center. This gave rise to Bangkok’s appellation as the “Venice of the East” due to the number of canals and passages that divide the area into separate patches of land. Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© Trey Radcliff

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Thailand fought to hold back floodwaters flowing towards Bangkok Saturday as a spring tide hindered efforts to protect the city of 12 million people from the kingdom’s worst inundation in decades.

Inner Bangkok, which is ringed by floodwalls, has so far escaped major flooding, leaving areas outside the main city to bear the brunt of the rising waters.

This weekend Bangkok is bracing for a large amount of run-off water along with seasonal high tides that will make it harder for the flood waters to flow out to sea.

“We predict the water will be highest from October 16-18 as the high sea level combines with water from the north which will arrive in Bangkok tomorrow (Sunday)…

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