Heavy rain triggers flooding in Bangkok and Hat Yai

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BANGKOK, 1 August 2014 Evening rush hour traffic in Bangkok ground to a halt on Tuesday after many roads became inundated following the massive amount of downpours that overwhelmed the city’s storm drains.

The temporary flooding of road surfaces in the capital city was especially apparent on Wiphawadi-Rangsit Rd, Kaset Nawamin Rd., Pahonyothin Rd and Ratchadaphisek Rd. Consequently, traffic in adjacent areas were severely hampered. Bangkok City Hall’s personnel were also spotted trying to fish out trash from the drainage and sewerage system, while bringing in water pumps to drain out the water from the road surfaces.

In Hat Yai City of Songkhla, several roads in the downtown area became flooded after the downpours overwhelmed the capacity of the city’s storm drains. Traffic congestion lasted past sunset before finally easing after the water pumps deployed by municipal personnel finally cleared away the flooding on roads.