Bangkok prepares for more heavy rain

Bangkok prepares for more heavy rain

Traffic builds up on flooded Phahon Yothin Road in Chatuchak district, Bangkok, on Sept 12. (Photo: Onnucha Hutasingh)
Traffic builds up on flooded Phahon Yothin Road in Chatuchak district, Bangkok, on Sept 12. (Photo: Onnucha Hutasingh)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has asked people to work from home to avoid traffic congestion as heavy rain is forecast across the capital from Wednesday until Friday.

Motorists already experienced long tailbacks on Monday when afternoon downpours caused floods that lasted through the rush hour and on into the evening.

"So, the BMA has asked private company employees to work from home until Friday due to the forecast for heavy rain," said deputy Bangkok governor Tavida Kamolvej.

For those who have to work on-site, employers are requested to let them finish work early so they can avoid the worst of the jams caused by heavy traffic during storms, said Ms Tavida.

Ms Tavida acknowledged that drainage of floodwater has been slow, though most of the flooded areas in the city had been cleared by the end of Tuesday.

The BMA is piling up sandbags and building levees in flood-prone areas such as Laksi, Don Muang and Bang Khen districts.

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Vocabulary

  • acknowledge: to accept or admit that something exists, is true or is real - ยอมรับ
  • avoid: to stay away from; to not use - หลีกเลี่ยง
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • 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
  • employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
  • experience (verb): to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบ
  • levee: a low wall built at the side of a river to prevent it from flooding - เขื่อนป้องกันน้ำท่วม
  • private: owned by a particular person or group - ของส่วนบุคคล, ของเอกชน
  • tailback: a long line of traffic that is moving slowly or not moving at all, because something is blocking the road -
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