HEAVY RAIN pounded parts of Bangkok and surrounding provinces late afternoon (August 23) with motorists alerted to drive with caution because of poor visibility, INN News reported.
The torrential showers lashed several districts including Taling Chan, Nong Khaem, Bang Khae, Bang Bon, Phasi Charoen, Bangkok Noi, Bang Phlat, Dusit, Bang Sue, Chatuchak, Laksi, Don Mueang, Nong Chok and Lam Luk Ka district of Pathum Thani province.
The heavy rain clouds were drifting in the northeasterly direction. According to preliminary reports, no flooding had occurred nor severe traffic congestion built up.
Meanwhile Pak Khwae subdistrict of Sukhothai’s Muang district was severely flooded today after Yom river continued to rise all night with the river water then breaking a flood wall that was still being constructed and inundating several houses and large tracks of farmland.
The water level in the river is continuing to increase due to a mass of water flowing down from Phrae province. The level at Y4 point in front of the Sukhothai Provincial Governor’s Mansion was measured at 7.03 metres today and it is able hold up to 7.40 metres, with the situation still being monitored.
The Thai Meteorological Department said this afternoon that an active monsoon trough that has spread across the North and the upper Northeast has now weakened but the southwesterly monsoon still prevails across the Andaman Sea and the whole country.
This means heavy rains are likely in the North, the Northeast, the Central and the East regions. People should beware of the severe conditions that may cause flash flood and water runoff.
Top: Dark rain clouds above a house in Bangkok today. Photo: INN News