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Big traffic snarls in Bangkok after evening downpour


WITH a monsoon trough lying across the lower North, Central, East and Northeast regions and tropical storm Kompasu moving through the Gulf of Tonkin Bangkok was this evening (Oct. 14) lashed by heavy rainfall leading some key roads getting flooded and this triggering bad traffic jams, Matichon newspaper said.

Tweets from @fm91trafficpro and @js100radio said the situation is particularly bad in Din Daeng area as the parallel road in front of the Veterans Hospital on the outbound side of Vibhavadi Rangsit road is closed leading to tailbacks till the Victory Monument roundabout. It is recommended to avoid the Rama 9- Din Daeng route.

According to the Drainage and Sewerage department as of 5.15 p.m. there are flash floods on many roads in Chatuchak, Lak Si, Bang Sue, Bang Khen and Ladprao areas.

Floodwater level on three roads is as follows: 

– Senanikom 1 road, Chatuchak district, 41.0 centimetres;

– Thetsaban Songkhro road in front of Prachaniwet market, 36.2 cm.

– Ratchada-Ladprao road, 24.5 cm

The Bangkok Weather Radar shows light to moderate rain clouds in Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Nonthaburi, Dusit, Phra Nakhon, Pathumwan, Phayathai and Ratchathewi. The rain clouds appear to be moving in a northeasterly direction to cover Pathum Thani, Huai Khwang, Din Daeng, Bueng Kum, Minburi, Nong Chok, Nakhon Nayok and Chachoengsao.

Meanwhile the Thai Meteorological Department said during Oct. 14-16 a monsoon trough lies across the lower North, Central, East and lower Northeast while a strong southwesterly monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand with this bringing more rain across the country with isolated heavy to very heavy downpour in the North, Northeast, Central region including Bangkok and its vicinity, East and South.

Strong wind prevails over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf. The wind and waves are likely to be two-three metres high in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf, and about two metres high in the lower Gulf while above three metres in areas hit by thunderstorms.

During Oct. 17 – 20 a high pressure from China will extend to cover the North and Northeast bringing isolated rain over these areas. The monsoon trough will move down to cover the lower Central, upper South and East bringing thunderstorms. 

The southwesterly monsoon will weaken with this leading to less rain over the South (west coast) while the wind and waves in the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf will also weaken.

Tropical storm Kompasu is forecast to make a landfall in upper Vietnam today before weakening.


Flood misery on Bangkok roads. Photos: FM91 Trafficpro, BMA and Matichon


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