BANGKOK Governor Asawin Kwanmuang today (Oct. 3) acknowledged in a Facebook post that inner area of Bangkok, which is the capital’s economic zone, has low capacity to absorb rainwater leading to flooding in many points and that urgent measures are being sought to resolve this problem, INN News and Sanook.com reported.
The post came after very heavy and continuous downpour during last evening’s rush hour led to parts of the inner zone, such as Sathorn, Huay Kwang, Din Daeng, Chatuchak, Khlong Toei, Wattana and Phra Khanong, being inundated.
This triggered heavy traffic snarl-ups and a big struggle for commuters with many having to wade through murky floodwaters in roads and alleys to reach home.
Asawin said Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) staff did their best to resolve problems and alleviate the suffering of the people.
Even though today is a day off for many people, the city administration continues to monitor the situation because there is a 70 percent chance of more rain falling in the affected inner zone.
Asawin asked those whose alleys and housing estates are still flooded to immediately notify the Bangkok Flood Prevention Centre by calling 0 2248 5115 so that officials could promptly help them.
Top: Bangkok Governor Asawin, left, and a flooded Bangkok road. Thai headline says, “economic zone is a weak point for flooding.” Photo: Sanook.com