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Widespread flooding and traffic nightmares in Bangkok

Torrential rains lashed Bangkok late Monday afternoon, causing widespread flooding and traffic nightmares on expressways and several main roads and sois.

The heaviest rainfall was recorded in Bang Sue district with record high 100 mm, turning 12 locations into small klongs of between 5-30 cm in depth such as areas in front of Pongpetch market, in front of th Constitutional Court and TOT Chaengwattana, Bang Khen circle on Pahonyothin road, Sapan Dam tunnel on Kamphaeng Phet road, in front of Amornphan market, Taopon intersection among others.

A netizen by the name of Nuttharudee Non posted a message in his Facebook page, saying he was caught in the traffic at Lat Phrao intersection for about four hours as his wife was waiting at Central Lat Phrao for him to pick her up. Then she bought food and water and walked all the way to his stationary car to take over the steering wheel.

Both had dinner in the car as they waited for traffic to ease somewhat to allow their car to crawl slowly forward.

Meteorological Department said Upper Thailand with the exception of the Northeast will continue to have rains and heavy rains for the next couple of days. Bangkok, meanwhile, will have rains mostly in the evenings.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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