Heavy overnight rain prompts social media clash (Updated)

Heavy overnight rain prompts social media clash (Updated)

Heavy rain overnight has flooded parts of Bangkok. That is a fact. Once again, however, social media users are clashing with the city governor over how effective the drainage effort has been.

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KHUNIW posts twitter photos from radio station Js100 showing the flood situation of Soi Asok at 9:30am

A photo from the Bangkok governor' Facebook page posted just after 9:30am says that most of Asok was now dry and only some areas were flooded.

Heavy overnight rain prompts social media clash

There is a bit of a social media war going on this morning as disgruntled Bangkok residents post photo after photo of flooded streets and sois while city governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra posts photos of drying streets and the drainage efforts in full swing.

In fairness to the governor, the city was hit was by a heavy overnight downpour which left many parts of the city underwater and forcing three large schools to close for the day. The schools are Sacred Heart Convent School in Bangkok's Klong Toey district, Srinakarinwirot University and Prasarnmit Demonstration School (Elementary) on Asoke Montri Road.

The rain began before 2am in many areas, and did not let up until after 6am. Heavy thunder and lightning accompanied the storm system. Morning traffic was badly affected with commuters complaining of trips of three hours or more.

The forecast for today is for more rain, affecting sixty percent of the Bangkok area.

Another view of Asok from Governor Sukhumbhand. It appears that the flooding begins right at the end of the area seen in the photo.

Update: 11:30am

Bangkok Post photographer Kosol Nakachol took this photo about 10:30am showing the flooding opposite the Sino-Thai Tower on Soi Asok. The governor's photos, of course, were taken near the BTS system.

Bangkok's Department of Drainage and Sewerage reports that the highest rainfall last night was 134 milimetres and occurred in Taling Chan. Later reports have now said Khlong Toey received 136mm. As of 11am, about 15 flooded areas remain around the city with water levels between 5-10 centimetres.

Vocabulary

  • appear: to seem - ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
  • clash: a brief fight between two or more people - การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
  • commuters: people who regularly travel between work and home - คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
  • disgruntled: disappointed and annoyed about something - ซึ่งทำให้ไม่พอใจ, ซึ่งทำให้ขุ่นเคือง
  • downpour: a lot of rain in a short time - ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
  • drainage: the process of taking away of water or other liquids from an area - การระบายน้ำ
  • fairness (noun): the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is reasonable - ความเป็นธรรม
  • forecast: a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์
  • in full swing: having reached a very lively or busy level - ดำเนินไปอย่างแข็งขันเต็มที่ที่สุด
  • prompt: to cause something to happen or be done - ก่อให้เกิด
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • sewerage (noun): the system by which sewage (liquid waste) is carried away from houses, factories, etc. and is cleaned and made safe by adding chemicals to it - การระบายของเสียออกทางท่อระบาย
  • situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์

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