11 July 2024

Bangkok authorities on Tuesday urged government agencies and private companies to consider allowing their personnel and employees to work from home in the next few days as Bangkok is expected to be hit by more heavy rains.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Tavida Kamolvej expressed fears that between October 5-7 Bangkok will be facing possible heavy flooding with the arrival of floodwaters from the north coupled with anticipated heavy rains.

“We would like to ask for cooperation from agencies and companies to allow people to work from home or to quit work earlier between Oct 5-7,” she said.

A heavy downpour on Monday turned many parts of Bangkok into swamps.  Hardest hit were areas around Laksi and Chaengwattana where many government agencies are located.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt admitted that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) was not prepared enough to deal with the flooding in those areas. He said it needs to work more closely with the Highways Department and authorities in neighbouring Nonthaburi to handle the situation.