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Bangkok authorities are attempting to stop river overflows

The Chao Phraya River is currently running at a rate of 1,200 cubic meters (m3) per second, which the governor of Bangkok said is normal considering that the amount of water deemed critical and causing the Chao Phraya River to overflow is approximately 2,000 m3. The public has been assured by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) that measures have been taken to handle Chao Phraya River overflows during high tides from this week to the start of next month. The 88-kilometer-long flood wall that protects Bangkok from flooding has 20 gaps that need to be filled, according to Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt. He also said that the BMA has been allocated money to replace 13 of the gaps with sandbags.

The revelation comes after the Royal Irrigation Department declared that due to recent strong rains in the Northern area, the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat province will release additional water next month. High tides of 1.90 to 2.10 meters above sea level are anticipated in Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, and Bangkok from Thursday through Monday, according to the Office of National Water Resources. He has however ordered officials to keep an eye on the space between flood walls and to be ready for any disaster. According to Chadchart, some regions are particularly prone to flooding during high tides. However, he pointed out that authorities are making every effort to prevent floods in these areas and mentioned help from the army for clearing the drainage system in various canals.

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