Long stormy night floods Bangkok, snarls traffic

Photos: Satriwitthaya 2 School, Evelilit / Twitter
Photos: Satriwitthaya 2 School, Evelilit / Twitter

A heavy and steady downpour across Bangkok last night flooded several parts of the city, causing some of the most miserable traffic jams in months, if not years due to the pandemic.

Many motorists on Wednesday morning found themselves stuck behind the wheel on roads which included Sukhumvit, Rama IV, Srinagarindra, Vibhavadi Rangsit, Ratchadaphisek, and more. 

At least one Bangkok school – the Satriwitthaya 2 School in Lat Phrao district – announced its closure today due to surrounding flood conditions.

#Floods surged to trend atop Thai Twitter since Tuesday night, after heavy rain fell from late afternoon until early Wednesday morning. 

The wet weather was churned up by a southwest monsoon just as the rainy season officially kicks off. Through Monday, metro Bangkok should expect scattered to fairly widespread thunderstorms and isolated heavy rains.

With the Bangkok gubernatorial election slated to take place Sunday, many took shots at incumbent, junta-appointed Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang and deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul for failing to solve flooding issues for years. Both of them have resigned from their positions to compete in the race.

“Thank you #Floods today for showing that despite Aswin being in office for many years, nothing has gone better,” Ginpairuey tweeted. “Whoever votes for him must be really stupid.”

“It was already obvious to everyone now that former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang and former deputy governor Sakoltee Phattayakul were in office because the dictators appointed them and gave them support,” Shutup2557 wrote. “As you can see, #Floods #TrafficJam. Nothing has gotten better.”

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