Heavy rains cause flooding in Thailand

The Bangpu industrial area in the Muang district of coastal province south of Bangkok was severely flooded, said Veeris Ammarapala, governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT).

Mr. Weeris said the flooding began around 2 a.m. after a long and heavy downpour. Many roads around the industrial area were flooded, including Sukhumvit, Srinakarin, Puttharaksa and Teparak.

The entire area of the industrial zone was under water to a depth of about 1 meter and many cars and motorcycles were submerged.

Workers in companies in the industrial zones were unable to leave their businesses after the night shift ended.

Mr. Veeris said that at the request of authorities, the Army Department of Quartermaine sent a large vehicle and soldiers to help get the workers out of the estate.

Water pumps were used to divert water from the estate to a nearby canal.

Outside the Bangpu industrial zone, the Phrueksa 15 housing complex on Tamru-Khlong Khao Road, where more than 3,000 homes are located, was under water about 80 centimeters deep. Residents tried to protect their properties by building a flood control wall of sandbags.

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