Heavy rains in recent weeks have turned Bangkok's normally chaotic traffic into a nightmare, forcing the city administration to use pumps and pump-boats in an effort to drain floodwaters into the Chao Phya River.
GV Bangkok flooded, vehicles passing
SV Stalled car
GV Traffic ploughing through flooded streets (2 shots)
GV Flooded streets, people wading through water, sandbags in city streets, people wading through knee-high water (5 shots)
GV Stranded cattle
GV Motorcycle on flooded street
GV PULL BACK Children in local boat
GV Motorcycle through flooded street (2 shots)
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Background: Heavy rains in recent weeks have turned Bangkok's normally chaotic traffic into a nightmare, forcing the city administration to use pumps and pump-boats in an effort to drain floodwaters into the Chao Phya River. Bangkok, already slowly sinking due to subsidence, has been struggling to maintain some semblance of regular life in spite of flood waters swirling through the city. Those vehicles not stalled by the muddy waters have been moving carefully through the water-logged streets, and pedestrians have had to wade through knee-high water levels in order to purchase food. But for some Bangkok residents, the flood is a heaven-sent boon. Young children have been cashing in on the flood byu offering a boat service to water-blocked commuters -- for a hefty fee. Thai officials have advised people not to take off their shoes while braving flood waters because of continuing danger from electric shocks and water snakes.'