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Bangkok’s canals flood with the heaviest rain in 20 years

Bangkok’s canals are breaking under the greatest rain in 20 years. Tuesday night’s rainfall flooded waterways. Bang Khen has received 170 mm of rain since Tuesday, the most in 20 years, according to the governor.

Kong Prem Prachakon and Klong Lat Phrao canals are currently flooding. The Bang Khen roundabout and new electric rails are inundated. The governor said the new pipes hindered drainage, causing the floods.

He said that despite the government’s best efforts, rising canal water levels have made highway flooding impossible. Chardchart recommends drivers to schedule trips based on the weather to avoid flooding.

So many automobiles were trapped that military trucks sent to help flood victims couldn’t reach them quickly. We’ve learned from these mistakes and will improve.

The governor warned inhabitants of Bang Khen, Lat Phrao, Don Muang, and Chatuchak to be careful as severe rain is expected.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt announced floods in Bang Khen yesterday on Facebook. Chadchart walked from Wat Phra Sri Mahathat BTS Station to the flood zone.

Governor Chadchart waded knee-deep through floodwaters to help stuck cars.

Last night, Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered all Bangkok military personnel to distribute water pumps, drain floodwater, and help flood victims.

Twitter users are posting #flood photos, videos, and updates.

Thai meteorologists expect severe flooding and torrential rain through Friday.

The Thai Cabinet authorized a $1.6 billion budget Wednesday to combat flooding. New water pumps cost 664 million baht, and wet/dry water management costs 912 million baht.

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