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After hearing of the updated situation, MR Sukhumbhand staged an urgent press conference at 9:30pm last night to report that the torrent is expected to arrive in Don Muang and Sai Mai districts within 48 hours of his announcement.

The government had alerted City Hall that they could no longer hold back the flood water and that they could not reduce the amount flowing into Khlong Rangsit, Khlong 8 and Khlong 9 in neighbouring Pathum Thani province.

This will result in a sharp rise in the waterways north of Bangkok, MR Sukhumbhand said.

“Sai Mai district is at the frontline. Don Muang should be on high alert too,” the governor said.

In an attempt to safeguard northern Bangkok, MR Sukhumbhand said City Hall would find 1.2 million sandbags to increase the height of Khlong Hok Wa to about three metres.

“We have another 48 hours to evaluate the situation,” he said.

“So, don’t panic but do prepare for possible flooding, for example by moving your belongings to higher ground.”

Earlier yesterday, MR Sukhumbhand expressed concern that floodwater could start to flow into the north of the capital.

He said a dyke was being built along Khlong Hok Wa Canal to protect Sai Mai and Khlong Sam Wa districts.

Workers together with soldiers and volunteers were raising a dyke along a 7km stretch of the canal by 50cm.

City Hall will also raise a 1.25km section of Liap Khlong Song Road and a 1.5km section of Sai Mai Road by 30cm to keep floodwaters at bay.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has distributed 600,000 more sandbags to eastern districts, while the governor has appealed for more sand to protect eastern Bangkok.

“I don’t think Bangkok is safe,” MR Sukhumbhand said. “The danger has not been averted.

“However, the situation is not critical yet. The BMA must be vigilant, especially in Sai Mai and Don Muang. If the dyke in Sai Mai is breached, Khlong Sam Wa will be hit too.”

The level of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok was 2.07 metres yesterday, while dykes along the river stand at 2.50 metres on average.

Elsewhere, Bangkok’s government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road started taking in flood evacuees yesterday, with about 300 flood victims arriving from Rangsit and Lat Lum Kaeo district.

Meanwhile, more communities and institutions in Pathum Thani and north Bangkok are threatened by the run-off as it moves from the Central Plains towards the Gulf of Thailand.

Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, Pinehurst golf course, the White House housing estate, Bangkok University’s Rangsit campus and other areas in and around Rangsit were placed on alert yesterday after the Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani was partially submerged following a breach in its northern flood walls.

The management of Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, 8km south of the industrial estate, says it can cope with floodwater, as the campus is also functioning as an evacuation centre.

According to deputy rector Assoc Prof Kamphol Rujiwich, the height of an earth dyke around the campus has been raised and possible leaks plugged.

He said sandbags are also providing protection for Thammasat Chalermprakiat Hospital and that patient evacuation plans are in place if needed.

Assoc Prof Kamphol also advised new evacuees to head for safer shelters instead of the Rangsit campus.

When scanning the papers last week, BP was surprised to learn that two of Thailand’s major dams, Bhumibol Dam and Sirikit Dam, were releasing water after being 97% and 99% full respectively. The Bangkok Post on October 6: Increased water discharges from the Bhumibol Dam in Tak have threatened to add flood woes to provinces downstream, including Ayutthaya where a large number of industrial factories have been inundated since Tuesday. … The discharge rate at the Bhumibol Dam in Tak province has risen from 6 0 million cubic metres to 100 million cu m of water per day . The flow runs at about 1,200 cu m per second. The increasing discharge is meant to save the dam. The extra volume of water has worsened the flood situation downstream.

Original posts:
Why was so much water kept in the dams?

Why was so much water kept in the dams? – Part II

Mango with sticky rice

16 of October 2011

It’s mango season here in Thailand, and the best way to enjoy them is to pair the sweet fruit with sweet and salty coconut-milk sticky rice. Khao Nieow Ma-muang is a very popular dessert.

How to make
Soak the sticky rice for at least an hour before steaming.
Steam for 20 minutes on medium-high in a sticky rice steamer. If you don’t have a sticky rice steamer, you can try steaming in a bowl in a covered saucepan with an inch of water at the bottom of the pan. You could also try using a regular steamer, but cover the holes with cheese cloth or muslin cloth so that the rice doesn’t fall through.

While steaming, prepare the sauce for the rice. Add the 1/2 cup of coconut milk to a saucepan along with the 1 1/3 tablespoons sugar & 1/4 teaspoon salt, and stir over low heat until dissolved. Set aside.

Prepare the topping sauce as well. In another small saucepan, add the 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, and stir over low heat until dissolved. Mix the tapioca starch with a little bit of water in a small bowl until a paste, then add as well. Mixing the starch beforehand will prevent any lumps from forming in the sauce. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.

When the rice is finished, spread out in a shallow bowl and cover with 1/2 the thin sauce (the sauce you made first). Stir well and keep adding more until you reach saturation point. Depending on the rice used, it should be around 75% of the sauce. You may need to use it all. You don’t want very wet rice, it should be somewhat dry and sticky. Don’t add until it’s submerged, but keep in mind that the rice will absorb some of the liquid. I usually add until just before I see puddles of coconut milk. Stir well and cover with a towel. Let the rice absorb the coconut milk for 10-15 minutes.

Slice mango as shown and arrange on a plate. Spoon an equal amount of sticky rice next to it, and top with a few spoons of the thicker sauce. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds or fried salty mung beans.

The best mango to eat with this dish is called ‘Naam Dok Maai’ (flower nectar mango), which is available in South East Asia. In many Asian groceries in the West you can find a yellow-skinned mango which is skinny and pointy. This works a lot better than the round, red/orange mangoes from Mexico & the Caribbean, which are not anywhere near as yummy as the Asian mangoes.

Make sure you use sticky rice and not regular Thai rice in this dish. Sticky rice is sometimes called glutinous rice. The grains are whiter and fatter than regular rice.

Do not refrigerate the sweet sticky rice — it turns into a rock-hard mess which tastes awful. If you have to make it ahead of time, just leave it out on the counter. It’ll last for a few hours no problem.

Chao Koh brand coconut milk is the best to use in this dish. If you can find it in a paper carton, it’s better than a can. If you cannot find Chao Koh, do not, by any means use a brand of coconut milk that does not originate from Thailand. The local supermarket variety will ruin this dish!

I really like a slightly cold mango with slightly warm rice. It compliments the sweet & salty of the dish.

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