Flood Map of Vulnerable Areas Around Bangkok

October 4, 2012
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Tropical Storm Gaemi is expected to hit central Thailand this weekend and it could be closely followed by two more big storms. The amount of rain expected could cause some flooding in the capital. At a seminar yesterday, experts said that at least eight key areas in Bangkok could be under as much as 30 centimeters of water for up to two weeks. Of course, this is conjecture, as the storm might not be as severe and therefore not overwhelming for the city’s drainage. It is important to note that  it is still very unlikely that we will see any prolonged deep floods like we did in 2011.

I have marked these areas on my Bangkok Flood Map 2012.

Areas at risk include: Lat Phrao, Min Buri, Phra Khanong, Bang Kae, along Khlong Prawet, Khlong Sam Wa, Khlong Song Wa, Khlong Phraya Ratchamontri, Khlong Phittayalongkorn, Khlong Thawi Wattana, and the area to the east of Suvarnabhumi airport.

2 Responses to Flood Map of Vulnerable Areas Around Bangkok

  1. Randy
    October 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Umm. Don’t know where the info on the two more storms comes from. I did read today, in the Bangkok Post, they expect another on the 20th of this month. All I have to say is hogwash. Looking out 15 days on the computer models there is nothing beyond Gaemi that is forecast to hit Thailand. (After around 7 or 8 days I wouldn’t take much stock in the forecasts out that far, especially in the tropics. But still…) The monsoon tough will be over the area, which it generally is, this late in the rainy season. That in and of itself can cause local flooding problems, at witnessed to last week here in Bangkok. Sometimes I wonder just how the fine folks in charge of info come up with this stuff.
    Signed, Retired USAF Met/Forecaster

    • Richard Barrow
      October 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

      It’s all to sell papers. Let’s hope it turns out to be an anti-climax and nothing much happens. But, best to be prepared I guess.

      The Nation this morning said: “In addition to Gaemi, two more storms are believed to be heading to northern Thailand via Vietnam, which could bring huge volumes of rain in the North and the upper Central region.”

      We get storms nearly every day during the rainy season so, the odds are that they will be right!

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