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Bangkok’s pumps battle floods in torrential rain

May 30, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Torrential rain over the weekend paralysed several Bangkok streets, soaked 80% of the Thai capital and nearby provinces and reminded many residents of previous floods, including one in January this year.

On Saturday afternoon, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang inspected the flood-prone Phong Phet market on Ngam Wong Wan Road, which was hit by a severe storm on Wednesday night.

The Bangkok Post quoted Aswin saying the city was still able to handle the floods. City Hall has installed 1400 water pumps to drain the rainwater, the paper added.

Residents cope with an earlier Bangkok flood

Pathumwan district saw the most rainfall, with floods reported in 37 locations by late afternoon.

Floods were also reported on Saturday on Rama I Road in front of the luxury shopping malls Siam Center and Siam Paragon. Vendors across the road in Siam Square struggled to keep the water out of their shops.

Latest weather reports say an active low-pressure area over the centre of Bengal Bay is expected to move north to Myanmar on Sunday and Monday (28 and 28 May 2017) while the strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand.

Written by Peter Needham

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