HEAVY rain all morning in Huay Kwang and Lard Phrao area led to some parts of this zone being flooded and traffic slowing down, Thai News Agency said today (May 26).
Huay Kwang area received up to 43.5 millimeters of rain an hour this morning leading to Pracha-uthit and Pracharatbamphen sois being flooded with 5 to 10 centimeters of floodwater and because these are narrow alleys the traffic quickly got congested.
At the same time the area around Huay Kwang MRT station is also flooded but police have liaised with Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) officials to drain it out.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be checking flood control efforts in Bangkok on Monday while BMA has doubled the number of pumps in the city, INN News and Thai News Agency said today.
Premier Prayut will be visiting Phra Khanong water pumping station which receives water from northern areas of Bangkok via the Rama 9 tunnel and will also be checking Soi Lasalle and Soi Bearing area because it gets flooded frequently.
Meanwhile Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang said he has doubled the number of pumps in the city from around 600 to 700 units to approximately 1,300-1,400 units and has also installed 72 water propelling machines at important canals to speedily push the floodwater into the sea.
Officials have also been told to closely monitor this situation.
Pol Gen Asawin added that from 9 pm Wednesday May 24 till 4 am Thursday May 25 it had rained continuously for seven hours with the average being 169 millimeters an hour which is the highest volume ever received by the capital with this making it difficult to drain the floodwater out.
However he is optimistic that once the Bang Sue tunnel is completed the situation will be much better.
Top: A flooded road in Huay Kwang area this morning. Photo: Thai News Agency