Governor offers apology over Bangkok floods

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Heavy rain hit Bangkok on Friday, June 7, causing widespread flooding.
Heavy rain hit Bangkok on Friday, June 7, causing widespread flooding.

Bangkok – Following last week’s floods in several parts of Bangkok, the city’s Governor, Pol. Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, posted a message on his Facebook account to apologise to the general public about the floodwater situation and the recurrent flooding of the Rama IX route.

The Governor posted the message on his Facebook page on Saturday morning (June 8) and commented on the flooding situation in the capital on Friday.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., heavy rain pummeled many parts of Bangkok and in some areas the amount of rainfall reached 130 to 160 millimeters per hour.

Power failure was reported at Ratchada-Vibhavadi and Bang Sue pump stations in the afternoon. The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) was able to fix the pump stations, and they resumed operations at 6:15 p.m.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) deployed pumps and water trucks to flood-hit areas, including Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. Personnel and equipment were dispatched to tackle the water situation in different areas. Water levels started to recede at 7 p.m.

Flooding in the Rama IX area affected many private residences and offices. The BMA has coordinated with relevant units to improve the drainage system in those areas.

Some people have asked about the whereabouts of the Bangkok Governor during the flooding; Pol. Gen. Aswin responded that he would not be able to inspect all flooded areas in person, as many parts of the city were hit by heavy rain. In addition, traffic was very congested and would not have improved if the governor had tried to go out to oversee the situation.

Pol. Gen. Aswin said he decided to oversee the situation at headquarters, so he could manage different problems more effectively. Bangkok officials were already deployed to different areas to perform their duties. The Bangkok Governor said however, he would like to apologize to the people for any inconvenience caused from the flash floods.