Floods expected to drown Ayutthaya this year

A group of hydraulic experts predict that this year’s floods will submerge Ayutthaya under 3m of water this year.

Ayutthaya ‘will be sumberged again’
The Nation, 22 June 2012

Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi should not be affected too badly by floods this year because enough dykes and embankments have been built to protect them, though Ayutthaya will be under more than 3 metres of water, experts said yesterday.

This prediction was made by consulting company Team Group, which presented its findings at the “Knowing and Fighting against Flooding” seminar held yesterday at Bangkok’s Emerald Hotel.

Team Group’s managing director, Chawalit Chantararat, said a team of experts had used a model based on last year’s volume of water in order to make this prediction. He said the team had discovered that many northern areas of Bangkok would be submerged, including sites around Rapeepat Rangsit and Prayoonrasak canals. In addition, Ayutthaya’s Lat Bua Luang, Phak Hai, Bang Sai, Bang Lane, Bang Pla Mha, Sena, Bang Ban and Maha Rat districts will be affected as will Suphan Buri’s Song Phi Nong district as well as Angthong’s Pho Thong and Pa Moke districts. The flooding in these areas will up to 60 to 80centimetres deep, much higher than the level last year, while Ayutthaya’s main town of Muang Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya will be under 3m of water.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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