BANGKOK, Nov 3 – The massive volume of water surrounding Bangkok continues slowly forcing its way into the heart of the capital from the north, east and west resulting in flooded roads at Major Ratchayothin, SCB Park, and the Criminal Court.
Floodwater keeps flowing into Bangkok — from Don Mueang, from Pathum Thani via Sai Mai, Klong Sam Wa and Bang Bua Thong in Nonthaburi and Phutthamonthon-Salaya in Nakhon Pathom.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Wednesday issued evacuation orders for two sub-districts in Khlong Sam Wa –Sai Kong Din Tai and west Sam Wa; Nong Kang Plu subdistrict in Nong Khaem district and Lat Phrao’s Sena Niwet Village Phase 1.
The BMA also announced northern Phasi Charoen as a site under close watch for possible flooding.
Meanwhile, the attempt of BMA to repair Khlong Sam Wa water sluice gate was successfully completed without any disruption from the residents.
Don Mueang and Lak Si were 100 per cent flooded, with water overflowing into Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and moving towards Lat Phrao intersection, while traffic was closed for outbound Vibhavadi from Wat Samian Nari because of the deep flooding.
On Phahonyothin Road, water totally flooded the Royal Air Force base, flowed through Kaset intersection to Major Ratchayothin, SCB Park, headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank as was the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road.
In western Bangkok, Bang Khae and Nong Khaem were under water overflowing from Phutthamonthon, Khlong Mahasawat, and Khlong Thawiwattana. Some sections of Phetkasem Road were from 0.50-1 metre under water.
Sandbags which had been piled up as flood prevention dykes to prevent water from overflow into Khlong Prapa along Chaeng Watthana and Srongprapa roads were reportedly dismantled by residents in actions of civil disobedience in 13 locations.
The bad quality of water flowing into Khlong Prapa, the source of raw water to produce tap water for Bangkok residents, reducing the capacity of the municipal authorities to produce household water for the capital.
The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA), however, announced it has repaired the leaks and asked the public not to destroy the dykes as such actions could negatively affect tap water production. (MCOT online news)