I left for a five day junket to the south coming back today to check up on fleeting images I saw in airports and guesthouses. The water has come to the Lad Prao-Don Muang Tollway-Phahonyothin junction right north of Chatuchak Market. Notice that the underground entrance is shuttered. We’ll see what happens when the water hits the underground entrances in the next few days. Notice too the level of water at the canal right south of Chatuchak Market. God help the people who live or have businesses right next to this water way. The biggest sandbag bunkers have been built around banks and mini malls.
On the other side of town right on the other side of the Prah Pinklao Bridge it looks like Venice while on the other side on Ratchadamnoen Road and Suan Luang it’s business as usual. Waters have actually receded. Westbound traffic of the Pinklao Bridge has been closed with people hitching rides on any large vehicle passing by from ambulances to army trucks. Thais and the army are improvising the best they can. Lord knows what kind of havoc this neighborhood is undergoing. Tomorrow I intend to wade in the water and check it out. Families displaced. Businesses shuttered. Eating and sleeping wherever and whenever. It will be interesting to see how Yingluck deals with the fallout from “sacrificing” neighborhoods like these so downtown Bangkok remains dry.
Floods of course are nothing new to Bangkok. Bangkok lies in a vast delta where canals have long played a role in draining water into the Gulf of Thailand. Some great pictures here.