‘Big Bag’ barrier to stem northern overflow to capital completed

The building of a six kilometres long ‘Big Bag’ barrier was completed to curb the deluge from the north from overflowing into inner Bangkok, according to Transport Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat.

The operations using 1-2 tonne sandbags piled up as a makeshift flood prevention dyke for six kilometres on Rangsit Muang Ek Road has been completed, he said.

The action is expected to reduce water overflowing into Don Muang, Lak Si and Bang Khen districts, including the two key roads – Phaholyothin and Vibhavadi-Rangsit – and Khlong Prapa, the main source of tap water for the capital and neighbouring provinces.

ACM Sukumpol said the authorities were giving ‘finishing touches’ to the barrier with small sand bags to fill in some points that may have holes and leaks.

In a related development, the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) which is located at the Energy Ministry inside the Energy Complex is operating normally on Saturday even though there is one metre of flooding on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road.

Sand bags were placed as anti-flood barriers and officials were closely monitoring the level of water as it continued to overflow from the drainage system.

Water pumps have also been prepared in case of emergency. (MCOT online news)

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