Bangkok reels under first major soaking of 2021

A falling tree brought down a utility pole Tuesday in Soi Pridi Banomyong 37, at left. At right, staff mop up a water leak at the Government House. Photos: JS100/Twitter, Government House
A falling tree brought down a utility pole Tuesday in Soi Pridi Banomyong 37, at left. At right, staff mop up a water leak at the Government House. Photos: JS100/Twitter, Government House

The heat of several days broke about lunchtime today with the year’s first major rainstorm in the capital, but it wasn’t enough to do any damage, right? 

Wrong! Flooding, power outages and road accidents occurred across Bangkok this afternoon in the wake of the powerful storm which whipped the city with sheets of rain and powerful gusts.

Portions of the Phaya Thai district along Petchaburi Road flooded early Tuesday afternoon after heavy rain pounded downtown districts including Watthana and Khlong Toei. Residents in a gated community on Pattanakarn Road said they lost electricity three times, and reports of traffic accidents have poured in from across the city. 

Traffic was disrupted around Soi Pridi Banomyong 37 after a utility pole and tree were downed.

But the rabble were not in this alone in feeling the hurt, as the rain gave a good soaking to the great and noble souls who occupy the government’s seat of power. Reporters were at the Government House today dodging the irascible prime minister’s chemical spray when water began pouring down from the ceiling of its Santi Maitri building. Staff had to find a handy bucket to collect the invasive fluids.

Reporters said it actually happens frequently there despite numerous renovations to the building. It’s gotten to the point they had to change the carpet once already and the leaks have soaked several of the good general prime minister’s offices. Pots of planted trees were seen knocked to the ground as well.

One would think that flooding was a top design concern in a city sitting at the bottom of a flood plain. Yet the new (and, of course, long-overdue) Parliament House was flooded due to a malfunctioning drain just this past September, despite its THB12 billion (US$387 million and rising) cost.

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