BANGKOK’S Flood Control Center issued a flood warning this morning (Jan. 10) after torrential rain pounded the metropolis for hours from 5 am onward, Thai News Agency reported.
Heavy clouds moved to eastern Bangkok and poured driving rain to many areas particularly Huay Kwang district where the wind speed was 19 kilometers an hour.
In warning the public to beware of flash floods today, the Flood Control Center also urged commuters to carefully plan their trips, adding traffic is moving on the city’s key roads, but there are jams at intersections.
Meanwhile INN News reported that the many hours of downpour has led to key roads already being flooded particularly Ramkhamhaeng Soi 24 where floodwater is 15-20 centimeters high for a distance of 200-300 meters; Pattanakarn Road in front of Benz showroom 15 centimeters high for 150 meters; Lad Phra soi 112 till Chao Khun Singh 15-20 centimeters high for 400 meters; Sukhumvit from Bearing till LaSalle stations 15-20 centimeters high; Srinakharin Road in front of T-Sport Company 15-20 centimeters for 300 meters; and Sukhumvit Soi 62 till Soi 101 and Soi 103.
The Meteorological Department forecast that over the next 24 hours upper Thailand will be hit by rain with the temperature suddenly dropping by 2-5 degrees Celsius amid cold wind .
Temperature will also drop in by 2-3 degrees Celsius in Bangkok and its vicinity amid strong wind gusts and rain covering 40% of the area. Minimum temperature is 23-24 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature 31-33 degrees Celsius.
The northeasterly monsoon across the Gulf of Thailand will strengthen during Jan. 11-15 , bringing isolated downpour in the lower South with rough sea and waves 2-3 meter high in the Gulf and the Andaman Sea.
Top and in-text: Cars and motorcycles slowly going through flooded Bangkok roads early this morning. Photos: INN News