Thammasat Univ braces for flood, ready to relocate evacuees
BANGKOK, 18 October 2011 (NNT) – Thammasat University has set up a sandbag wall around its evacuation center in preparation for the approaching flood and is planning to relocate evacuees to another building if the preventive measure fails.
Prof Dr Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, Vice Rector for Student Affairs, Thammasat University, revealed that a one-meter-high barrier of sandbags had been erected around Gymnasium 1 of the Rangsit campus, which was being used as a sheltering center for flood victims. The move followed a report that floodwater was heading towards the university from Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate.
At present, Gymnasium 1 is housing 3,600 evacuees in total; half of them are on the ground floor and the other half on the upper level. The ground floor is reportedly 1.2 meters in elevation but is altogether 2.2 meters if combined with the height of the sandbag wall. However, should the barrier fail to hold back the flood, the university has a plan to move occupants on the ground floor to another facility, which is located higher.
Prof Dr Prinya then announced that the evacuation center had already reached its full capacity; therefore, any additional persons seeking shelter should instead go to nearby places, such as Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Sripatum University and Wat Phra Dhammakaya.
News ID: 255410170021
Reporter : Surapan Laotharanarit