Heavy rain, flooding in Samut Prakan, Bangkok
published : 20 Jan 2016 at 11:52
updated: 20 Jan 2016 at 18:16
Heavy rain in Bangkok and Samut Prakan caused flooding in several areas and paralysed traffic on many roads on Wednesday morning.
Traffic moved at a snail’s pace on Charoen Krung Road from Tanon Tok intersection to Chan intersection. Srinakarin Road was inundated with traffic reduced to a crawl from Srinut intersection to Wat Sri-iem flyover around 8.25am.
In Samut Prakan, Bang Pu industrial estate was flooded, and Sukhumvit and Pu Chao Saming Phrai roads inundated in Samrong district. Flooding also caused the suspension of classes this morning at Assumption Samutprakan School and Samut Prakan Technical School.
Bang Pu industrial estate was waist-high in floodwater and workers were unable to enter many factories, some of which shut down for the day.
Tambon Bang Pu municipality crews raced against time to pump water from the flooded areas. However, many areas still remained inundated as irrigation canals along Sukhumvit Road burst their banks, sending water out to flood the streets.
Bang Pu mayor Theerapol Chuncharoen said he had asked the Irrigation Department to open the floodgate at Yaek Ramru so water could be drained out.
Workers wade through waist-high floodwater at Bang Pu industrial estate in Samut Prakan on Wednesday. Flooding forces many factories to close for the day. (Photos by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)