Waters Rising in Bangkok (Photos)

What's New — By Kevin Revolinski on October 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm

What goes up, must come down. And then after it comes down, it comes downstream. The devastating floods in Thailand have killed over 40 people, but now as the situation stabilizes in the northern provinces (barring more rainfall), the threat moves south and on to Bangkok. Bangkok Post has the flood details; I’d only be repeating. What I can offer is a bit of photography of what the Chao Phraya River looked like at low tide today.

Plenty of┬ádebris, including large tree limbs, floated past on a strong and intimidating current. Sandbags are in place, looking almost laughable at the edge of the churning river. Many homes are already just inches above the waterline and the wakes of passing river ferries are battering the walls and walkways. Even as I write this, high tide has come and gone and likely pushed back against the river enough to breach some floor boards and retaining walls. Not a good situation. We’ll see what the next couple days bring. All river ferries are running as normal, though you might get your feet wet at a few piers such as Tha Tien where you get off for Wat Pho.

Tags: bangkok, boats, chao phraya, chao phya, flooding, river, sandbags, Thailand, tides

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