Heavy rain causes jams and flooding in Bangkok

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  • Sunday, 09 Jun 2019

Swamped: Motorists making their way through a flooded street after heavy rain in Bangkok. — AFP

BANGKOK: Heavy downpours has been hitting Bangkok for more than two hours, paralysing the Thai capital’s traffic.

The Bangkok Flood Control Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported a downpour and strong winds on Friday afternoon, causing floods and traffic jams.

Many key roads of the city have been inundated. Strong winds have also reportedly uprooted trees and knocked over power poles.

Some of the busiest districts of the city had the most rain at 96mm, reports said.

Photos posted on social media showed some cars parked in the Rama 9 area, one of the city’s central business districts, were submerged up to the passenger seat level.

Thailand has entered the rainy season since May.

Bangkok has been overtaken by heavy rains every year thanks to poor water drainage system and road infrastructure.

The city built on once-marshy land about 1.5m above sea level, always has to face flooding and traffic congestion during the rainy season. — Xinhua

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