Storms cause flooding, traffic chaos around Bangkok

Storms cause flooding, traffic chaos around Bangkok

Motorists ease along flooded Chan Road in Sathon district, Bangkok, after summer storms dumped heavy rain on many areas of Bangkok and Thon Buri on Friday morning. (Photo from Tempura Azarashi @iTempura via @fm91trafficpro Twitter account)
Motorists ease along flooded Chan Road in Sathon district, Bangkok, after summer storms dumped heavy rain on many areas of Bangkok and Thon Buri on Friday morning. (Photo from Tempura Azarashi @iTempura via @fm91trafficpro Twitter account)

Several hours of heavy rain caused flooding in Bangkok and surrounding provinces and caused traffic havoc on Friday morning.

Downpours pounded the capital from about 5.15am and continued until late Friday morning. 

Traffic radio stations reported torrential downfalls in several inner districts of the capital, including Sathon, Bang Rak, Phaya Thai and Khlong Toey, and most parts of Thon Buri. Don Muang, Sai Mai, Bang Khen and Lad Krabang were also affected.

The highest rainfall was measured at 164.5mm in Bang Khae district. Phetkasem Road in Bang Khae and Ekkachai Road in Bang Bon were flooded, Jor Sor 100 traffic radio station reported.

A section of an expressway heading to Sathupradit Road was also inundated this morning, the traffic radio station reported.

Floodwater rose to foothpath level on Chan Road in Sathon district and Charoen Nakhon Road in Khlong San district, causing traffic woes in the area and nearby roads. 

The downpours also spread over the surrounding provinces of Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman for the Royal  Thai Police Office, said national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda ordered police in all areas to keep the traffic moving, with emphasis on flood-hit areas.  

The Meteorological  Department forecast more summer storms with heavy rain, gusty winds and some hail in the North, the Northeast, the East and Central regions, including Bangkok and its vicinity through into Saturday.

A high pressure system continues to cover the Northeast of the country, where temperatures remain high, the department said on Friday.

Charoen Nakhon Road turns into a sea of mud as heavy rain ravages many areas in Bangkok on Friday morning. (Photo from TuaNga @TuaNga via fm91trafficpro Twitter account)

A truck carrying big sandbags overturns on Bang Phli-Sukawat expressway after the driver lost control during the flooding.  No injured were reported in the accident that threw out over one tone of big sandbags from the truck on the expressway section before the Pak Nam exit gate.  (Photo from Vichai Chumphon via fm91trafficpro Twitter account)

A flooded section of an expressway heading to Sathupradit Road in Bangkok

Ekachai-Chomthong Road on Thon Buri side of Bangkok


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