MANY roads remained flooded in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district today (Sept. 16) with small cars unable to travel on some of them after all its six subdistricts were declared a disaster zone yesterday, INN News and Naewna newspaper said.
District officials checked the situation and found that the floodwater was 10-15 cm high on the inbound side of Chao Khun Than road. It was 20 cm high between soi 50 to 60 on Khum Klao road with small cars and motorcycles unable to pass.
In Soi Jinda and at Kheha Nakorn 2 housing estate (Lat Krabang 36) flooding was 5-10 cm high but reached 20 cm at Lad Krabang Garden Home Village (Lat Krabang 34) with small vehicles unable to pass.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced yesterday that with heavy rain likely to continue in Bangkok and Lat Krabang flooded since Sept. 8 onwards, affecting residents’ health and leading to traffic problems plus damaging property and other assets, its six subdistricts were now a public disaster zone under the Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act B.E. 2550 (2007).
The six subdistricts are Lat Krabang, Khlong Song Ton Nun, Khlong Sam Prawet, Lam Pla Thio, Thap Yao and Khum Thong,
Meanwhile the Thai Meteorological Department warned this morning that most of Thailand, including Bangkok and its vicinity, will be hit with more heavy to very heavy rain during Sept. 17 – 21.
This is due to a high pressure area or cold air mass in China extending its ridge to cover Laos and upper Vietnam. In addition, the southwesterly monsoon currently prevailing over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand will intensify.
These conditions will lead to some areas of the North, the Northeast, Central region including Bangkok and its vicinity, the East and the South being lashed with heavy to very heavy rain that may trigger flash floods especially at foothills, near waterways and lowland areas.
Flooded Lat Krabang roads in the wee hours of this morning. Photos: INN News