Tunnel opens to drain Bangkok's flood-prone streets

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang stands next to a poster of the new drainage tunnel in its opening ceremony at the Bang Sue pump station in Dusit district on Wednesday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Wednesday opened a new drainage tunnel to relieve flood-prone streets in six districts.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang officially opened the 5-metre-wide tunnel, which runs under the Bang Sue canal. The opening ceremony took place at the system's Bang Sue pump station on Pracharat Sai 1 Road in Dusit district.

The tunnel stretches 6.4 kilometres from the Lat Phrao Canal near Ratchadaphisek Road, running under the Bang Sue Canal, to adjoin the Chao Phraya River in Kiakkai area.

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