Floodwater spreading into inner Bangkok


BANGKOK, Nov 7 — Floodwater is spreading into inner Bangkok as water surged into the Suthisarn Tunnel on Ratchadapisek Road, closing traffic, while car parks at the BTS Mo Chit Skytrain are totally flooded, with water moving toward Saphan Khwai on Phahonyothin Road.

Water began covering the road surface at the BTS Skytrain Kamphaeng Phet station, overflowing from the drainage system and is now 20cm deep.

Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, from Lat Phrao intersection to Khlong Bang Sue, has all lanes flooded, particularly at Thai Rath newspaper office which is under 50cm water which kept rising during the night. Small vehicles cannot pass. Water is reportedly heading to Din Daeng intersection.

Behind the Thai Rath office, on Phahonyothin Road and Television Channel 7 office, water is higher than the footpath, but BTS Skytrain service and MRT underground trains are operating normally.

At 10am, Minister of Justice Pracha Promnog who directed the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) was scheduled to meet Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra at FROC headquarters at the Energy Ministry to discuss the FROC plan to provide water pumps to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to drain water from Bangkok areas.