Monday, December 5, 2011

11 city districts declared safe

Floods have receded to safe levels in 11 districts of the capital, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said yesterday.
Residents urge better drainage 
About 100 residents in the Phutthamonthon Sai 4 area in Nakhon Pathom partially block a road yesterday to call for better flood drainage by the provincial administration and the Flood Relief Operations Command. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Residents can now return home to Chatuchak, Lat Phrao, Laksi, Bung Kum, Chom Thong, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok Noi, Bang Phlad, Phasicharoen, Bang Khunthian and Bang Bon districts, as flooding had receded to safe levels, MR Sukhumbhand said.
He is still concerned about heavy flooding in some areas, such as Setthakit housing estate in Bang Kae district. Floodwater remains 40cm deep there, and levels in the nearby Thawi Watthana and Maha Sawat canals are still high. Drainage from the vast housing estate must wait for water in the canals to subside.
Floodwater is also deep at the Annex community in Sai Mai district but the level of Khlong 2 is declining.
The community can be sealed off and floodwater pumped into the canal. MR Sukhumbhand expects the community to be dry by month's end.
Main routes such as Vibhavadi Rangsit and Boromratchonnanee roads will be dry in 3-4 days, or in two weeks if more floods arrive, he said.
More than 100 residents blocked Phutthamonthon Sai 4 Road yesterday to demand quicker drainage of floodwater there. They dispersed when authorities promised to install pumps to speed up drainage and deploy vehicles to serve commuters. Residents also demanded effective microorganism balls to treat polluted floodwater.
In Pathum Thani province, residents have complained of waste on the streets in downtown areas. They said a cleaning day held recently covered only government offices, a fresh market, the residence of the provincial governor and the provincial hall.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Pracha Promnok said the Flood Relief Operations Command would reduce its staffing levels as the flood crisis was easing.
Staff left over would focus on getting relief to residents who still needed it.
Pheu Thai MP for Nonthaburi Wanchai Charoennonthasit yesterday denied he had distributed rice and chilli paste which had passed its expiry date to flood victims in Bua Thong housing estate in Nonthaburi.
Residents complained that the bags of rice bore the manufacturing year of 2008 and a recommendation that it be eaten before 2010.
Mr Wanchai said the rice had not reached its expiry date but old bags carrying expiry dates which had passed had been unintentionally used to pack rice for flood victims.
He did not comment on the quality of the chilli paste.