Bangkok Floods After 175mm of Rain in 24 Hours

In Bangkok, Thailand, commuters faced a Monday morning rush hour driving in flood water up to 50 cm deep in some areas.

A heavy downpour and thunderstorm lasting 5 hours dumped over 100 mm of rain on the city in the early hours between 2 am and 5 am, Monday 08 June 2015. Some schools and colleges have closed. According to local media, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said it expected to be able to drain the floods within a few hours.

Rainfall Figures

WMO figures for 24 hour period to 08 June 2015 for Bangkok and surrounding areas.

Bangna Agromet – 75.6 mm
Suvarnabhumi International Airport – 151.3 mm
Bangkok – 174.9 mm

BMA Prepares for Flood Season

June to early July. Marks the beginning of the rainy season in Bangkok.

On 03 June, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) carried out an inspection of the flood wall around Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok in preparation for influxes of rainwater during the rainy season.

According to Thai News Agency NNT, Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra personally inspected the recently completed flood wall in the vicinity of Siriraj Hospital.

The top of the flood wall stands three meters above mean sea level. City Hall officials believe the height of the flood wall is adequate for keeping out floodwater, they were concerned with the low water level in the Chao Phraya River at present. To prevent a weakening of the flood wall due to the low water level, officials were reinforcing the bases of the flood wall with large stones.

Social Media – Bangkok Floods, June 2015