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Bangkok will be hit by more rains this evening

Bangkok residents are expected to brace for flooding in many areas today as the Meteorological Department forecasts scattered heavy rains from late afternoon to the night covering 60-80% of areas in the capital.

It said scattered heavy rains are expected the afternoon from today until end of this month.

Several rounds of heavy rains late in the afternoon until late in the night and early in the morning have inundated several roads and low lying housing estates, and caused yet another worst traffic jam in the capital after office hours until late at night.

Several streets were submerged, some at knee deep, knocking down several cars, particularly on several sois off main roads, Chaengwattana, Ngam Wongwan, Ratchada, Sukhumvit, Lard Prao, Phetburi, Klongtan, Ramkhamgaeng, Srinakharin.

The situation maybe worse today when more rains come as the soils of the capital areas are already soaked with water.

Meanwhile people in the North, the Northeast, and the Southern west coast of danger are also warned of dangers from flashfloods due to the expected more rains and accumulated water from today.

Warned of floodings are Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak, Sukhothai, Kamphaengphet, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

For rumor that residents living sling the Mekhong River banks are prepared to evacuate as the water level is rising steadily, Department of Water Resources director Mr Supoj Tovichakchaikul said the increased water level in the Mekhong River in the past week is due to the releasing of water from the Jing Hong dam in China from 1,095 cubic metres to 2,107 cubic metres per second to raise electricity production there.

He said that the average water released from China yesterday stood at 1,400 cubic metres per second, which did not affect the water level of the Mekhong River

But he said Nong Khai province in the northeast region must be cautious, as the water level there is now only 1.7 metres below the bank.

The water level measured at the Nong Khai hydrology centre at 1 pm yesterday stood at 10.45 metres, which is only 1.75 metres below the banks.

Though the water level is showing signs of decreasing but local authorities continued to remain vigilant by carrying out a 24-hour observation of the situation.

In Chiang Mai province many roads were inundated yesterday and local authorities were hurriedly pumping out water into the Mae Kha canal continuously, leading to some inundations to return to normalcy.

But still some low lying areas remained under 20-centimetre deep of flood water.

It is expected that if more rains come today, the flooding situation could be worsened.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)