23 May 2024

Widespread flooding, resulting in traffic gridlock, was reported in Bangkok this morning after a summer storm.

One of the worst affected areas was the in-bound flyover at the Phet Kasem-Ratchapruek intersection in Phasi Charoen district, where only one lane was passable, resulting in a tailback to Phran Nok-Kanchanapisek intersection.

In-bound Ramkhamhaeng Road was also heavily flooded near Ramkhamhaeng Soi 24, with a queue of traffic stretching back to Ramkhamhaeng Hospital.

Many commuters were seen wading along the flooded roads in the Din Daeng area, some with their shoes removed.

The “Rain” hashtag top trended on “X” this morning.

According to the Meteorological Department, five districts in Bangkok were hit by heavy rain, measured from 63.5mm in Thawee Wattana to 91.5mm in Bang Khae in the past 12 hours. The other three hardest-hit districts were Phasi Charoen, Nong Khaem and Pom Prab.

It is reported that, yesterday afternoon, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt ordered the city’s anti-flooding centre to instruct the Drainage and Sewerage Department to be on standby to cope with the storm.