THE GOVERNOR of Bangkok Pol. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang today (Nov. 8) apologised to city residents for widespread flooding over the past one to two days caused by high tide and mass of water flowing downstream while warning that floodwater will rise again from 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. this evening and tomorrow morning, Sanook.com said.
Chao Phraya river has now risen to the level of 2.30 metres with this leading to communities outside the embankment and those in temporary embankment zones being flooded.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had placed sandbags to prevent flooding but as the river water level rose 50 centimetres higher than expected it overflowed the banks and flooded several areas.
Among the flooded zones are Song Wad and Ratchawong roads in Samphanthawong district, Krung Thon (Sang Hee) bridge, Khanap Nam restaurant, Bang Phlat district, Charoen Krung road, Saphan Pla, Rama 3 road – Wat Dokmai, Rama IX bridge, Yannawa district, Charoen Nakhon road – Bukkhalo intersection, Old Railway Road and Wat Saphan – Khlong Toei district.
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“The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration would like to apologise to the people affected by the flooding in areas along the Chao Phraya river today. This impacted the daily life of the people and led to traffic problems on many routes.
“The water level is dropping now and officials are still monitoring the situation but also arranging to place sandbags in risk areas as a preventive measure and also cope with the water that will rise again this evening from 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow morning,” Asawin said.
Heavy flooding in parts of Bangkok today with Governor Asawin personally inspecting one inundated area. Photos: Sanook.com