RANGSIT municipality this afternoon (Sept. 8) issued a red flag alert as continuous heavy rain has led to water in the Rangsit Prayoonsak canal now overflowing the dam line onto the roads, Matichon newspaper quoted JS100 Radio as saying.
Pol. Capt. Dr. Trilup Thoopkrachang, Rangsit city’s mayor, together with a team of officials had at 11 a.m. gone to accelerate the construction of an earthen barrier at this canal after it started overflowing onto the roads and people’s homes with heavy rain continuing from late morning till afternoon.
People were told to move their belongings to a higher place as incessant rainfall could worsen floods.
Meanwhile motorists were warned to avoid Bang Khen roundabout as a new round of torrential rain exacerbated the flooding there but officials expect the water level to recede in a few hours’ time.
Heavy downpour hit many areas of Bangkok and its vicinity from noon onwards today including Pak Kret in Nonthaburi and Mueang Pathum Thani districts with this continuing to Lak Si, Khan Na Yao and Bang Bon. The storm was moving in a southwesterly direction.
Several areas are flooded including Chaeng Watthana road outbound to Pak Kret, the area in front of the Government Centre, Muang Thong Thani’s Chaeng Wattana entrance with traffic congestion on this road having also affected Ramintra area.
The flooding at Bang Khen roundabout was 10-15 cm high with Chert Wutthakas road around Wat Don Mueang School also in a similar bad state. Bang Khen district office advised motorists to avoid this area.
Torrential rain and ensuing floods in Bangkok and nearby provinces this afternoon. Photos: Matichon and JS100 Radio