Monsoon Week Starts With Monday Downpour

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BANGKOK — Parts of Bangkok were drenched Monday evening as an expected week of powerful monsoon rain hit.

Reports on social media suggested several roads were already flooded by what is known as the “Bureaucratic Rain,” a nickname Thais give to rain which seems to start just when people leave work in the late afternoon.

Affected routes included Chaeng Wattana, Vibhavadi-Rangsit and Phahonyothin roads.

The City Hall said its flood response teams had been deployed to relieve the traffic.

The Meteorological Department previously forecast heavy rain every day this week through Friday. Up to 70 percent of the metro Bangkok will face the daily downpour.