Heavy rains flood parts of Bangkok, more expected

Heavy rains flood parts of Bangkok, more expected

Flooded roads and heavy traffic is a major inconvenience for pedestrians as well as motorists. (Photos by Patipat Janthong)
Flooded roads and heavy traffic is a major inconvenience for pedestrians as well as motorists. (Photos by Patipat Janthong)

It's early in the rainy season, but Bangkok commuters are already fighting through flooded areas of the city and more rain is on the way.

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Flooded streets cause traffic chaos

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Bangkok commuters were confronted Tuesday morning and again Wednesday with flooded streets and traffic congestion across the city following hours of torrential rain overnight.

Several major streets were under water, including all of Soi Sukhumvit 33, much of Sukhumvit Soi 22 around Sainampeung School and much of Lat Phrao Road, traffic police said.

Traffic came to a virtual standstill on Pracha Chuen Road leading to Phong Phet intersection.

A mother and her daughter ride through a flooded street by to get to school. Many areas of Bangkok were flooded following heavy rain in the early hours.

Motorists reported the water in Soi Ramkhamhaeng 21 came half way up their vehicles' wheels.

The water was so deep in Lat Phrao 64, it was impassable for small vehicles. Pracharat Bamphen Road leading to Ratchadaphisek-Huai Khwang intersection was also flooded, traffic police said.

Traffic was slow on Phahon Yothin Road's inbound lane from Ratchayothin intersection to the entrance to Lat Phrao Road and along flooded Soi Lat Phrao 80.

Navamindarajudis Bodindecha School in Wang Thong Lang district closed temporarily due to floodwater around the school, traffic police said.

Getting from small sois to the main roads can be a chore.


The water was almost pavement high on Sukhumvit Road from Asok intersection to Thong Lor intersection, on Rama III Road near Talad Penang, Sunthorn Kosa Road and the Na Ranong Road intersection.

No relief is in sight, either, as this five-day forecast for the capital region shows.


The Meteorological Department said more heavy rain is forecast for parts of the North and the Central regions until Thursday as an active low pressure cell over the Andaman Sea moves across Myanmar.

Rain is forecast for about 70% of Bangkok and surrounding provinces, with heavy showers in some areas.

According to City Hall's Department of Drainage and Sewerage, 108 millimetres of rain fell on Benchasiri Park in Klong Toey district, 101mm on Klong Samsen in Huai Khwang district, and 94mm on Khlong Saen Saep.

Twitter users said water on several major roads had drained away by 8.30am, but some sois in low-lying areas were still flooded in the aftermath of the storm.

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Vocabulary

  • aftermath: the effects and results of something bad or important - ผลที่ตามมา
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • chaos: a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess - การจราจล
  • chore: a job or piece of work that is often boring or unpleasant but needs to be done regularly -
  • City Hall: a city government, in this case, the Bangkok city government - กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • commuters: people who regularly travel between work and home - คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
  • confront: to deal with a difficult problem or situation - เผชิญหน้า
  • congestion: a situation in which a place is crowded with people or vehicles - แน่นขนัดไปด้วยรถหรือคน
  • Department of drainage and sewerage: The Bangkok city department in charge of draining rainwater and maintaining the city's sewer system - สำนักการระบายน้ำ
  • drain: to cause water or fluid to flow out - ระบายออก
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • entrance: a door, gate, passage, etc. used for entering a room, building or place - ทางเข้า
  • forecast: a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์
  • forecast (verb): to say what you think will happen in the future based on information that you have now - ทำนาย, ทาย, พยากรณ์
  • impassable: of a road or path that cannot be travelled on because it is blocked or because of bad weather conditions - ซึ่งผ่านไปไม่ได้
  • in sight: of something that is likely to happen soon, especially an improvement of some kind - น่าจะเกิดขึ้นเร็ว ๆ นี้
  • inbound: travelling towards a particular point, particularly into a city - ขาเข้า (opposite of outbound ขาออก)
  • intersection: a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก
  • low pressure cell (noun): "a low pressure system...is an area where the atmospheric pressure is lower than that of the area surrounding it. Lows are usually associated with high winds, warm air, and atmospheric lifting. Because of this, lows normally produce clouds, precipitation, and other bad weather such as tropical storms and cyclones" (Source: About.com) -
  • Meteorological Department: the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
  • overnight: the period of one night - ข้ามคืน
  • pavement: a path with a hard surface beside a road. The American word is sidewalk - ทางเดิน, ฟุตบาท
  • region: a large area of land or space, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ
  • relief: help for improving a bad physical condition or a bad situation - การผ่อนคลาย, การบรรเทา
  • shower: a short rain - พายุฝนฟ้าคะนองที่ตกปรอย ๆ สั้น ๆ
  • standstill: a complete stop - การหยุดนิ่ง, การหยุดชะงัก
  • surrounding: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ
  • temporarily: for a limited period of time - ชั่วคราว
  • torrential rain: extremely heavy rain - ฝนไหลเชี่ยว
  • vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ
  • virtual: almost the same as - เกือบจะ
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