Monday morning crisis: Rain pounds city, expressway ramps flooded

WITH Bangkok hammered by pounding rain this morning (May 7) from dawn onward, many areas got flooded including some expressway ramps leading to massive traffic congestion, reported.

Torrential rain poured in many districts such as Klong Toey, Thawi Wattana, Chom Thong, Bang Khun Tien, Bang Phlat, Bang Khae, Huay Kwang, Sukhumvit, Lad Phrao, Chatuchak and Wang Thonglang as well as key suburban areas,  Samut Prakarn, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, triggering floods during the Monday morning rush hour.

Making the situation worse for many motorists is that some expressway exits and entrances got flooded particularly the Ram-inthra-Ardnanong expressway exit to Pracha-uthit, and entrance ramp at Yothin Pattana and exit at Kaset Nawamin kilometer 1 where the 2 left lanes got badly flooded leading to massive tailback.

Meanwhile the Thai Meteorological Department said yesterday that Bangkok faces isolated and scattered  thunderstorms during May 6-8 and scattered to fairly widespread thundershowers during May 9-12. Minimum temperature will be in the range of 24-26 ° Celsius while maximum temperature 31-35 ° Celsius. Southeasterly wind will be around 10-25 km an hour.

However, the upper part of the country will have less rain during May 6-8 as easterly winds in the area weaken. After that a high pressure system from China will cover the upper Northeast and this together easterly winds in South China Sea will bring more rain all over the country during May 9-12.

At the same time southwesterly winds will strengthen in the South during  May 7-12 and may bring additional rain with isolated heavy falls in some areas.


Top: A heavily flooded expressway ramp this morning. Photo: