Residents brace for high tide and floods in Bangkok, Thailand

Riverside residents braced for floods after authorities warned of a hide tide in Thailand. 

Locals living along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok started piling up sandbags around their properties after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) warned of rising river levels between November 20 and 26 and between December 6 and 9. 

Video shows sandbags placed around homes and shops near Krung Thon bridge to prevent flood water from entering the buildings today.

The BMA has coordinated with the Royal Irrigation Department to release water from the nearby dam into the river on dates that would not coincide with the expected high tide. 

Officials are also monitoring other natural factors such as the gusty wind and heavy rains that can have an impact on the sea levels. They have instructed residents along the river bank to keep track of the situation closely. 

Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are nearing the end of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until late November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods which cause rivers to flow faster and become dangerous.

Many of the under-developed nations struggle to cope with the heavy rain due to under-investment infrastructure.