Heavy rain causes flood in Bangkok

Friday, September 22, 2023


Several areas in the Bangkok metropolitan area, encompassing Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samut Prakan provinces, experienced severe flooding on Thursday evening, September 21, following hours of relentless heavy rain that began around 5 pm and continued into the early hours of the morning.

City officials reported that the highest recorded rainfall occurred at 8:30 pm in Bangna district, where 144.5mm of rain fell. The deluge led to significant traffic congestion on key roads, including Vibhavadi-Rangsit, Sukhumvit, Ngamwongwan, and Tiwanon.

In addition to traffic disruptions, the heavy rainfall brought down a tree in Soi Pridi Banomyong 2 (Sukhumvit 71), prompting city officials to remove the debris to clear the road.

The Thai Meteorological Department had earlier forecasted that over 70% of the Bangkok metropolitan area would experience thundershowers and isolated heavy rains. These weather conditions were attributed to easterly and southeasterly winds over the lower Northeast and the East, as well as a weak southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea and western Thailand.

The department’s forecast for Friday indicated a continuation of rainfall across the country, accompanied by gusty winds and isolated heavy rains in the lower Northeast and lower Central regions. Isolated heavy to very heavy downpours were expected in the Bangkok metropolitan area, the East, and the South.

Residents of Bangkok can stay updated on the flood situation by visiting the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s flood prevention center via Facebook or their website.

The heavy rains and flooding underscore the importance of preparedness and efficient response systems to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events in densely populated urban areas like Bangkok.

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