After the entire city was affected by the heavy rainfall that turned several roads into swimming pool for cars to break down yesterday morning, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paripatra still doesn’t seem to think that Bangkok is flooded.
In a meeting to discuss flood prevention yesterday afternoon, Sukhumbhand said that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration apologized for the inconvenience caused by the water, but that we couldn’t say Bangkok was flooded yet. It only had “water to drain” yesterday.
So what’s his definition of flooding? Sukhumbhand referred to the 2011 floods, the year people surrounded their homes and local 7-Elevens with sandbags. That year, some were forced to leave their homes for weeks because of indoor flooding, Post Today reported.
Apparently, we won’t be “flooded” until we are back in that emergency state.
Yesterday, the city was able to drain Ratchada Road, which suffered from the worst flooding. However, last night’s downpour increased the water level in the Bangpoo Industrial Estate, Samut Prakarn. Several factories were closed today due to the flooding and the companies had to evacuate workers who were stuck inside the facility
Meanwhile, Ramintra Soi 34 has now been flooded for three days. The military helped residents of the soi commute via boats and trucks.