Current situations around Suvarnabhumi and Hua Mak campuses, and the contingency plans for Assumption University students at AU residence and private dormitories at Suvarnabhumi campus.
Following the University’s announcement to postpone the commencement of undergraduate programs for 2/2011 semester to November 14th, 2011, as a result of currently wide-spreading inundation in surrounding provinces of Bangkok and certain areas in Bangkok, the University would like to update students, parents and AU community of the situations in Hua Mak and Suvarnabhumi areas, where the University’s two campuses are located as follows.
1. The two campuses at Hua Mak and Suvarnabhumi are at present not affected by the inundation. The University’s decision to postpone the commencement of all undergraduate programs for semester 2/2011 is due to the inconvenience, transportation difficulties, and safety caused by the inundation, and the growing concerns of students, officers, and faculty members residing in the flooding areas, or the areas that would potentially be affected.
2. The University’s administrators have been continuously and closely monitoring the situations. In addition, the University’s task force has also been monitoring the drainage networks as well as water level in various canals on the Eastern part of Bangkok, in particular Bang Sao Thong and Phra Ong Chao canals near Suvarnabhumi campus.
Assumption University’s Suvarnabhumi campus is located at Kilometer 26 on Bangna -Trad road, and is located in the Eastern flood way area, (Chonlaharn Pichit Project), which Suvarnabhumi Airport is also situated. The project comprises 11 Irrigation Department’s stations with 119 large water pumps, each of which has a drainage capacity of 421 cubic meters of water per second or 30 million cubic meters of water per day.
3. The University’s representatives have continuously updated and discussed the situations with Bang Sao Thong district’s Sheriff, Samuth Prakarn province’s governor, and private dormitory’ operators in the vicinity of Assumption University, Suvarnabhumi campus to map out measures and action plans so as to be able to provide necessary assistance to students who at present are residing in the University’s residence as well as private dormitories nearby the University in case the surrounding area is flooded.
4. Notwithstanding the low prospect that the Suvarnabhumi campus would be affected by the flood, the University has already devised the plan to relocate students in the University’s residence as well as those in the private dormitories to Assumption College, Sriracha, Chonburi province, which can be accessed within one hour drive from Suvarnabhumi campus via Burapha Vithee Tollway and Motor Way number 7 in case that the surrounding area is flooded.
5 In cooperation with many government agencies and private organizations, the University has established “the ABAC Flood Relief Service Alliance Center” (ABAC Flood R-SA) with an aim of rendering the needed assistance to the inundated victims through the support of volunteered Assumption University students and various donors.
November 3, 2011