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BMA confident in measures to handle heavy rain

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BANGKOK, 29 January 2012 - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is confident that it will be able to handle unusually-heavy rain the capital has been seeing while asking city residents to remain calm.

Mr. Sanya Cheenimit, Director of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)'s Drainage and Sewerage Department, said that even though rainfall in recent days has been heavy, the fact that the downpour has not been ceaseless means the city's drainage system can still cope with the situation efficiently.

He is asking the citizens of Bangkok to remain calm and not to worry much about possible flooding as the city has prepared its prevention system.

Mr. Sanya adds that Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra will hold a press conference this week to explain all measures to the public.

According to the Drainage and Sewerage Department, urgent simultaneous tasks of sewerage cleanup and water pump maintenance will begin in February to cope with the rainy season, which is expected to arrive early this year.

In doing so, the BMA will collaborate with the Royal Thai Army and the Corrections Department to complete both tasks.