University in Bangkok suspends lectures following floods

Ramkhamhaeng University floods, photo by PR Ramkhamhaeng University Facebook.

Thailand’s heavy rains have hit Bangkok hard, and one university in the capital has even suspended lectures today due to flooding. Ramkhamhaeng University announced on its Facebook page today that lectures on both of its campuses are cancelled due to flooding inside and outside the compound.

One of the university’s campuses is located on Ramkhamhaeng road in the city’s east. The other is located in the Bang Na in the south central area.

The flooding was caused by heavy rain all night long. Some roads in Bangkok have been flooded with over 30 centimetres of water. Drivers had to turn off the air-con, open windows, and drive slowly to avoid damage to their cars. The flooding was so bad in some places that many drivers decided to abandon their cars on bridges and wait for the rain to stop.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt drove around inspecting the flood situation in several areas of the city. In a Facebook Livestream, Chadchart filmed as his crew drove slowly and cautiously through high waters in the Ratchada, Asoke, and Sukhumvit. The governor said he had not seen water in the Khlong Saen Saeb canal this high for a very long time.

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The Thai Meteorological Department has issued warnings of “isolated heavy to very heavy rain in most parts of the country” up to July 24.

SOURCE: Naewna

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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