AUTHORITIES in Thailand are preparing for prolonged downpours which are predicted to unleash a series flash floods across its capital of Bangkok this week.
According to the Bangkok Post, the Highways Department has placed staff on 24-hour alert to monitor 14 roads in the north and east of the capital.
The staff is also racing against time to replace water drainage pipes.
The department’s Deputy Director, Sawawut Songsiwilai, said workers, water pumps and machinery were forced to be deployed after heavy rains threatened to overwhelm some roads susceptible to flooding.
Personnel are said to be working around the clock to install wider drainage pipes on some of the roads and to supervise the operation of water pumps to remove buildup of floodwaters from the roads.
According to the Meteorological Department, rainfall is expected to subside from Sunday before returning to most parts of the country from Wednesday to Friday.
The department’s Director-General Songran Aksorn said the downpours are expected to be heaviest in the northern, southern, and eastern provinces.
The agency also reported that the western coastal provinces from Raning to Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang are in for heavy rain until today with tides measuring at least two meters.
Beach-goers are advised to exercise caution, while those travelling via boat from the mainland to the islands off the coast are told to monitor the weather forecast.