Nearly one year after Thailand was hit by the worst floods it had seen in decades, authorities were forced to cancel a flood preparedness drill
in the eastern part of the capital Bangkok on Friday, ironically due to heavy rain and the risk of flooding.
A first round of tests
, which were meant to assess the city’s water drainage system
in the event of torrential downpours, were carried out earlier this week without a hitch. Yet as heavy rain began to fall on Bangkok on Friday, authorities apparently decided that the city’s flood control system was not quite ready to handle the real thing.
Footage showing flooding in Bangkok on Thursday, September 6. Video posted on YouTube by Nattapong Mangkang.
At least 800 people were killed by floods in Thailand last year.