Downpour snarls Bangkok morning traffic

Downpour snarls Bangkok morning traffic

Heavy downpours cause flooding on Sukhumvit Road under the Bearing electric train station in Bang Na district, Bangkok, Wednesday morning. (Photo from Bangkok governor MR Sukhumphan Paribatra's Facebook page)
Heavy downpours cause flooding on Sukhumvit Road under the Bearing electric train station in Bang Na district, Bangkok, Wednesday morning. (Photo from Bangkok governor MR Sukhumphan Paribatra's Facebook page)

Hours of heavy rain caused floods and traffic congestion in many areas of Bangkok and adjacent Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi provinces on Wednesday morning.

Floods were reported on sections of Sukhumvit Road from eastern Bangkok to Samut Prakan. Traffic was said to be "unusually slow" on Ratchadaphisek, Phetchaburi, Ramkhamhaeng, Lat Phrao, Phahon Yothin, Chaeng Watthana, Rattanathibet, Charan Sanitwong, Asoke Montri and Rama IV roads.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said on his Facebook page that it rained heavily in the capital as expected and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration was draining the flooded streets  as quickly as possible.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has forecast heavy rain in Bangkok and 19 other provinces in the lower Central Plain, the East, the West and the South from Wednesday to Sunday due to the strong monsoon.

The other provinces are Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phangnga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Trang and Trat.

Flooding at Pujao Saming Phrai intersection in Sam Rong area of Samut Prakan province (Photo by Jiraporn Kuhakan)

Flooding on Ramkhamhaeng Road (Photo from Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhan Paribatra's Facebook page)


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