Floods disrupt Bangkok, Governor Chadchart pushes stranded vehicles

Flooding in Laksi 06.09.22 | Photo via PR Bangkok

Heavy rainfall which began yesterday and continued throughout the night caused flash flooding in several areas of Bangkok and its surrounding provinces, disrupting traffic, education, and business.

Deep flooding caused Chaeng Wattana Road and Phahon Yothin Road heading towards Saphan Mai in Bang Khen district to become impassible last night leaving many cars stranded.

At 8am today, remaining floodwater congested traffic on Soi Ratchadapisek 36, Tiwanon Road, Rangsit U-turn bridge, Soi Pahonyothin 49/1 and Lad Phrao Road.

Yesterday at 8.45pm, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt livestreamed flooding in the Bang Khen district via Facebook. Chadchart walked to the flooded area from Wat Phra Sri Mahathat BTS Station to offer help to those caught in the floods.

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Governor Chadchart, in a fluorescent yellow jacket, got knee-deep in the floods to help push stranded vehicles through the water.

Minister of Defense Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered all military units in Bangkok to distribute water pumps and help to drain floodwater last night, as well as provide assistance to victims of the flood in Bangkok and its vicinity.

The army dispatched trucks to Wat Phra Si Mahathat BTS Station to pick up people stranded at the station and evacuate them from the flooded area. Army vehicles are still helping people get around the city this morning.

The public is posting photos, videos and updates about the floods under the Twitter hashtag #น้ำท่วม (#flood).

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding is expected to continue until Friday all over Thailand, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.

Kasetsat Laboratory School in Chatuchak District has cancelled all classes today due to flooding at the campus.

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Army picking up people stranded at Wat Phra Si Mahathat BTS Station last night | Photo via Twitter user @drslump000

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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