Bangkok flood situation improving, Lat Phrao 5-way junction expected to dry at weekend


BANGKOK, Nov 16 — The flood situation in Bangkok is gradually improving as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is confident that if there is no added water inflow from the north of Bangkok, the Lat Phrao five-way intersection would be dry at the weekend, according to Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

Mr Sukhumphand told reporters Tuesday after inspecting flooding at Kamphaengphet and Phahonyothin roads, from Chatuchak Park through the Lat Phrao junction that water at the BTS Skytrain Chatuchak station is significantly reduced and many areas gained no more water.

At the Lat Phrao intersection, water about 10cm deep and small vehicles could pass, he said.

The water level on Phahonyothin Road, from Central Plaza Lat Phrao to Soi Suea Yai Uthit, was falling, but Ratchayothin intersection was under 30-50cm water and water quality was deteriorating. BMA workers are using microorganism treatments to improve water quality.

The governor said that overall, the flood is improving and if no more water arrives from the north, he is confident that Lat Phrao’s five-way intersection will be free of water by the weekend.

East of Bangkok, RamaII Road until now has been spared from significant flooding with only 5cm of water over some sections but deep water remains at Soi 69 as residents have gradually evacuated. The flood is creeping toward Central Plaza Rama II.

In related developments, police on Wednesday began towing double-parked cars on expressways after the deadline passed for owners to move them, after being allowed temporary parking privileges to avoid the flood.

Police gave motorists until Tuesday night to move their vehicles, but many are still double-parked.