Thailand flooding update November 4, 2011: Floods continue; Chatuchak and Lad Phrao affected

Here’s the latest as of 7 p.m. Bangkok time today, Fri. November 4, 2011:

Overview

  • The flooding here in Thailand continues, and waters have now hit the Lad Phrao intersection, in Bangkok’s north.
  • Some subway stations are being monitored, but the system is still operating normally. (Note: this is the unground MRT, not the BTS Sky Train.)
  • A reminder: The country’s international airport is still functioning normally, and most of central Bangkok has not been affected.

New maps and images

The Bangkok Post has this satellite map of the flooding…

2011 11 04 thailand flooding sat

…as well as a map of the Min Buri area:

2011 11 04 thai flood bkk post min buri

NASA’s Earth Observatory site has a Nov. 1 satellite image of Southeast Asia:

2011 11 04 nasa

(Be sure to view the side-by-side comparison featuring normal conditions.)

There’s a new version of the GISTDA map showing Thailand flooding through Nov. 2:

2011 11 04 thailand flooding animated

Click through to view the animated GIF.

And finally, The Atlantic‘s In Focus photo blog has a new round up of flooding images.

News reports

The Bangkok Post reports:

Thailand’s worst floods in half a century reached the edge of downtown Bangkok on Friday, threatening some underground rail stations and forcing the closure of a major shopping centre.

And:

A spokesman for the Bangkok metro said that three subway stations — Lat Phrao, Phahon Yothin and Chatuchak Park — were at risk and might have to be shut down if the water rose to 40 centimetres (16 inches) outside.

The AP says:

Thailand’s record floods encroached deeper into the capital Friday, swamping a major intersection in the northern edge of the city center and threatening the subway system.

The water from the country’s worst flooding in more than half a century was filling Bangkok’s Lad Phrao intersection, where three major roads meet. Office towers, condominiums and a popular shopping mall are in the area, where local media say the water is 15 inches (40 centimeters) deep. The intersection is just down the street from the famed Chatuchak Weekend Market, a key tourist attraction.

Stay tuned for more.

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Administrative reminder

I may not post every day going forward, but will aim to share major developments and useful resources as time allows.

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