HEAVY all night rain led to a big Jamuree tree (Albizia saman) crashing in Sukhumvit soi 53 at the turning into Thonglor soi 9 at around 8 a.m. this morning causing temporary traffic disruption, Matichon newspaper said today (May 17).
District officials were alerted and quickly took action with JS100 radio posting this photo on its website showing officials working on removing the tree.
Meanwhile Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang together with Department of Drainage and Sewerage officials inspected flood prone areas along Chimplee 28 road in Thonburi’s Taling Chan district this morning, Thai News Agency said.
The governor said there was no problem draining out floodwater from this zone today as there are three electric pumps at work pushing it out into Klong Khun Chan and Klong Bang Bua.
There are also three more diesel pumps in Thonburi to ensure that drainage proceeds smoothly.
The governor urged the public to have confidence in BMA’s drainage system as both machines and manpower are at work all 24 hours to prevent big flooding this rainy season. Officials have to go to flood prone areas two hours before it starts raining and this has speeded up drainage with it now taking only an hour rather than half a day as was previously the case.
People were also urged not to throw garbage into canals because if they are blocked it would take longer than an hour to drain floodwater out.
Meanwhile the Meteorological Department warned that an active low pressure over upper Andaman Sea is expected to move to Myanmar while a strong southwesterly wind blows over the Andaman Sea and the South of Thailand.
This will lead to more rain and isolated heavy showers in the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and the South. Strong two to three meters high waves are likely in the Andaman Sea. However during May 20-22 the southwesterly wind prevailing over the Andaman Sea will weaken and this will lead to rain decreasing in upper Thailand but there will continue to be isolated showers in the South. Andaman Sea waves will also weaken.
Bangkok is in for scattered to fairly widespread thunderstorms throughout this period with isolated heavy downporus. Minimum temperature is 25-27 °C. while maximum temperature 32-36 °C.
Top: Officials working on removing the Jamjuree tree which toppled in Sukhumvit soi 53 this morning. Photo: JS100 Radio via Matichon