Residents in many areas of Bangkok are facing flooding due to high seawater levels rising on the Chao Praya river since yesterday, November 8th.
Bangkok governor Asawin Kwanmuang visited communities near the Chao Praya river yesterday afternoon after seawater overflowed the banks and flooded into the area of Songwad Road of the Samphanthawong district. He also ordered the Department of Drainage and Sewerage to expedite the drainage in flooded areas as soon as possible.
The Governor also apologized to those affected by the flood and traffic problems. Meanwhile, related officials will closely monitor the situation and provide sandbags in high risk areas to prevent the water rising that may occur again for the rest of the week.
People are also highly advised to avoid passing the flooded areas and using the Krungthon Bridge route due to overflowing water while the authorities are accelerating the drainage.
The water level in the main river has reached 2.30 meters, affecting residents living nearby the embankment and a temporary dam line where no proper protection was installed.
Bangkok authorities have provided sandbags to prevent further flooding and announced five high risk areas where the water could reach up to 50-60 centimeters.
The areas are Songwat road and Ratchawong road in Samphanthawong district; Sang Hee (Krung Thon) bridge; Charoenkrung road and Rama 3 road in Yannawa district; Charoen Nakhon road in Thonburi district; and the Old Railway road in the Khlong Toei district.
According to the Thai Hydrographic Department, the water level is expected to rise more than 1.2 meters above the mean sea level and can possibly reach 1.33 meters this week, from November 8th to the 12th.
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