THE Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation issued a warning today (Feb. 13) that Bangkok and three neighbouring provinces, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, will be affected by high tides causing the Chao Phraya river to rise, TV Channel 7 said.
The department was notified by the Office of the National Water Resources and the Royal Thai Navy’s Hydrographic Department of high tides raising the river’s level during Feb. 14-18, Feb. 28- March 4 and March 16-18.
With the seawater flowing into the river potable and agricultural water supplies could be affected as would people living outside the embankment zone.
Authorities in Bangkok and the three provinces have been notified to closely monitor the situation.
They were told to warn people living on the waterfront, outside the embanked zone, beyond temporary dams and in low-lying areas of the situation and fortify defences.
Those who face trouble may call the hotline 1784 all 24 hours a day.
Chao Phraya river swollen during previous high tides. Photo: NNT