The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, suffered the worst floods of this year's monsoon season on Thursday (7 November), which turned roads into canals and caused traffic jams throughout the city.
GV Canal with high water level (2 shots)
MV Canal ZOOM TO later level amost at ground level
SV Flooded city Street
GV Girls walking through water & ZOOM TO legs (2 shots)
MV People bare-foot through water
GV People waiting at bus stop
GV & CU Water pump
GV Water outflow pipe PULL BACK TO GV river
GV Man on scooter through flooded street
GV Cars through water
GV Traffic congestion
GV Traffic policeman directing (3 shots)
GV Car stalled
GV & CU Children push car
GV Children play inflooded street
GV Boy riding bicycle through flooded street
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Background: The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, suffered the worst floods of this year's monsoon season on Thursday (7 November), which turned roads into canals and caused traffic jams throughout the city. On the five worst affected roads, the pavements ware completely submerged and the water was above the hub caps of cars.
The National Stadium resembled a lake, and the organisers had to cancel a football match due to be played that evening between a Bangkok eleven and he Chinese team currently touring the country.
City officials said that the excessively bad flooding had been caused by a combination of factors; a higher than normal tide, a heavy downpour during the afternoon, and torrential rain in the provinces that had lifted the Chao Phya river to critical levels.
In Bangkok the problem of flooding occurs, not only during the monsoon season, but throughout the year. The monsoon merely aggravates the difficulties. The situation in the city is made worse because it is surrounded by rivers, and intersected by klongs -- or canals. Moreover, the water table is very near the surface.
Pumps have been installed on drains on some key sections of the city to ease the level at which flooding takes place. but they can only work effectively at low tide when the excess water can drain into the city's main river. At high tide, there is nowhere for the water to go.
In the monsoon season, the Chao Phya river, flowing through the city, is swollen by waters from the northern mountains of Thailand. When it is high tide in the nearby Gulf of Siam, the river water surges up through the drains, flooding large areas of the city.
The Bangkok authorities admit that they have a sizeable problem to solve, but they appear to be at a loss to know how to tackle it.