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Bangkok Flood: Will 2012 flooding be a repeat of 2011?

Disaster Report: Floods in Thailand in 2011 killed 815 people and affected 13.6 million people. Heavy flooding and landslide is expected this time too in Capital Bangkok.
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Original Post: Natural Disasters List September 13, 2012 
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Thailand Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has issued a warning for heavy flooding and landslide from today to next Monday, Sept 17.
People living in Amnatcharoen, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang are said to prepare for worst floods.
Last year (2011), severe floods killed 2800+ people in Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos. Out of these, 815 people were from Thailand.
The question is Will 2012 be a repeat of 2011?
Following Government officials in Thailand, No 2012 won't be a repeat of 2011 as major dams in the northern and central plains of Thailand are 50 percent lower than last year and at the ready to hold back more runoff from the annual monsoon rains.
It has become a hot topic as currently the ancient city of Sukhothai which lies 400 kilometers north of Bangkok is having major floods (Photo above by Reuters).
Note that all the flood-prone communities, home to around 1,200 families, are located along the Chao Phraya River in areas that have no embankment.
But Thai officials are optimistic that flooding will not reach 2011 levels.
This is what Thai Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said:
"I am confident Bangkok will avoid a repeat of the devastating floods of 2011 with rainfall sharply lower from last year."
If nothing serious then why Bangkokians are feared every time as monsoon enters?
The main reason is that Bangkok lies about two meters (6.5 ft) above sea level which makes it vulnerable to floods mainly during the monsoon season.
A research has shown that Bangkok is sinking at a rate of up to four inches a year. There are fears that Thailand's capital will be submerged by 2030!
Below are the photos of Bangkok floods of 1983, 1995 and 2011.

Floods in 2011 killed 815 people and affected 13.6 million people. Sixty-five of Thailand's 77 provinces were declared flood disaster zones. The disaster has been described as "the worst flooding yet in terms of the amount of water and people affected."
Below is a photo of  United States helicopter surveying of flooding in suburban Greater Bangkok (Source Wikipedia).


Flood Photo of 1995 shows Bangkokians enjoying noodles at a stall in Soi Surao Bang-or. The 1995 flood lasted from October to November, spread across 73 provinces and claimed 420 lives (Source Bangkokpost).


Bangkok experienced a major flood from September to December of 1983. The 1983 flood killed Fifty-five Bangkok residents, caused 400 million baht of damage to farmland and orchards (Source Bangkokpost).


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