Okay, I haven't written anything about the flood ever here in Thailand yet and decided to do it right now. It was a Friday night when it rained the whole evening here in Bangkok and my place got flooded by Saturday morning. Nonetheless, I was happy the owner of my apartment was nice enough to get me a cab to work and later, wow! I was surprised to catch sight of the massive water from my street to the main highway. At some point, I got worried that the water would come in the taxi. I was five minutes late when I reached ECC. I made it for over an hour to get there from the usual twenty to thirty minutes. I payed out 200 baht meter finding the best road to take, that made the expense doubled from my normal ride.
My street was dry by the evening I went home and I had no problem the following day. After a couple of days, there! we had the news all over the city on flood and was advised to stock food as flood waters are coming to Bangkok. I had no idea at first how huge the damage was in Ayuthaya and I was completely surprised to see the intense of the effect of water coming from the north. I didn't worry anything at all until I saw lots of empty shelves in groceries specially water which is very essential for me. In a second I thought panic buying was on.
It has been over a month and thankfully, THERE'S NO FLOOD yet in where I live. I stay in Lat Phrao, Wangthonglang though we've been alerted to get ready, I'm thankful that the water hasn't come this close yet, for now I heard it's heading Bang Khae area. It is inevitable as no matter what, the water will find its way to the sea and Bangkok lies barely above sea level therefore it isn't a surprise the city will get the water from the upper lands.. Flooding is normal I think in Bangkok, how deeper will the water be this time and how long will it stay are still unknown and that make the status quo aberrant. I'm pretty sure the government is doing the very best to minimize damages which are escalating for now and yes, we all pray for this to end anytime soon and thus recovery be isn't that a total struggle.
Find below the various images so you can have the idea of my location and the situation.
|The reds are the flood barriers protecting inner Bangkok|
|My location via google satellite|
|Lat Phrao, Wangthonglang|
|My location and the canals, in case the water will overflow .|
Map of Flood up North heading Inner Bangkok
|Bangkok in circle, the blue colors represent the water still on its way to the sea. |
Photo courtesy of Jesper Hansson, a friend on Facebook
Bangkok Airport Flood level as of today. Photo Courtesy of Guy Lakeman
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|Satellite image of flooded areas around Bangkok as of today|
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