Heavy downpours flood eastern Bangkok
Heavy downpours during the evening rush hour made commuting in eastern Bangkok more miserable than usual on Tuesday, with some roads in Bang Na, Klong Toey and Phra Khanong better suited to boats.
The water on Udomsuk Soi 1 in Bang Na around 7pm was 31 centimetres deep — the deepest in the capital for the evening, according to the Department of Drainage and Sewerage.
Floodwater was 21cm deep on Rama IV Road in the Kluai Nam Thai area of Klong Toey, while Sukhumvit Road at the Bang Na intersection was under 18cm of water. The water depth was 7cm on Sukhumvit Soi 62 in Phra Khanong district.
The department reported the highest rainfall totals for the six hours up to 7pm at 120 millimetres in Phra Khanong, followed by 114mm in Klong Toey and 68mm in Bang Na.
The Meteorological Department has forecast rain to cover 70-80% of Greater Bangkok from Wednesday to Friday due to a low pressure area in the upper part of the country.
Bangkok commuters are all too familiar with flooded roads after late-afternoon deluges at this time of year. But nationwide, as the rainy season winds down, precipitation is down significantly because of the effect of El Nino.
According to the Office of National Water Resources, total rainfall as of the end of last week was about 14% less than normal.
Learn from listening
- commuters: people who regularly travel between work and home - คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
- deluge: a sudden flow of a large amount of water; a sudden, very heavy rainfall - น้ำปริมาณมาก ฝนตกหนัก
- Department of drainage and sewerage: The Bangkok city department in charge of draining rainwater and maintaining the city's sewer system - สำนักการระบายน้ำ
- downpour: a lot of rain in a short time - ฝนตกหนักมาก, พายุฝน
- El Nino: unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific -
- low pressure area (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
- precipitation (noun): rain, snow, etc. that falls; the amount of this that falls - ฝน หิมะหรือลูกเห็บที่ตกลงมา