BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration (BMA) today (Oct. 4) said it is gearing up to ask the private sector to allow their staff to work from home during Oct. 5-7 to avoid the impact of torrential rain as some people were stranded in the floods last evening, Amarin TV said.
Bangkok Deputy Governor Tavida Kamolvej admitted that draining of floodwater yesterday was slow with this being due to the heavy downpour. However floodwater has almost completely gone today but some alleys are still inundated.
BMA has worked out a plan to cope with more heavy rainfall during Oct. 5-7 as forecast by the Meteorological Department with Deputy Governor Wisanu Sapsomphon implementing it. Initially more sandbags and barriers are being built in flood prone areas.
As seen yesterday, the sensitive zones are Laksi, Don Mueang and Bang Khen districts with large trucks being arranged to transport people home as some were left stranded in the floods last evening.
It is expected that more torrential downpour will occur today in the sensitive zones and BMA is speeding up informing the public an hour before the rain starts so that they have time to prepare and change their routes.
The Bangkok Flood Control Centre said at 6.15 p.m. yesterday that many cars and motorcycles broke down while going through the floodwater particularly on Phahon Yothin road, Bang Khen district, Chaeng Watthana road, in front Bitec at Sukhumvit-Bangna intersection, Rama 3 road, Khlong Toei district and Vibhavadi Rangsit road in front of Yakult Co, INN News and Sanook.com said.
Badly flooded Bangkok roads and some cars and motorcycles that broke down yesterday. Photos: INN News and Sanook.com