Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bangkok Floodwater's impact felt in wider areas

Massive floodwater from the outskirts of Bangkok continues to spread towards the inner part of the city with potentially serious impact.

Although floodwater slowed on Monday, it had already spread into a shopping district some 5 kilometers from central Bangkok.

Military trucks are transporting residents in areas where flooding has blocked road traffic. Major roads have been closed, causing traffic jams in many parts of the capital.

One police officer complained that many vehicles are ignoring traffic controls and driving through closed roads. He said it shows that drivers are getting fed up with the all the inconvenience.

In some districts, residents are demanding the government speed up drainage.

Dozens of people from inundated areas assembled at a canal in eastern Bangkok and demanded authorities open the floodgate to deal with the rising water. more