Flood threat to the capital remains but will lessen after this week

Thailand’s Meteorological Department said on Monday that the immediate threat of flooding in Bangkok still remains with medium to heavy showers predicted for later this week.

However, according to a spokesman at the department, if the capital did not see significant flooding this week, Bangkok was likely safe barring the development of another tropical storm.

“Rainfall is due to subside towards the end of the month so this week is the last major threat to Bangkok and the surrounding areas,” Suthipat Jira, a department spokesman, told Thai Enquirer by phone.

There could still be other significant factors in flooding for the central region including rainfall in the north and how the government manages dam discharge along the Chao Phraya River.

“So far we’ve managed the discharge situation quite well so hopefully it continues,” Suthipat says.

Currently, 13 provinces including Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Suphanburi, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, Chantaburi and Trat are inundated from previous storms, Tien Mou and Lion Rock. 

Some 8,214 villages and 333,257 Households have been affected by the flooding with 14 dead.

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