Thailand: sudden flooding in Pattaya

Heavy rains hit Pattaya, causing flooding in the countryside and on major urban roads in Pattaya and Banglamung. The flooding caused many cars to become stranded on the roads and floodwaters were as high as 1 meter in some areas.

Heavy rains hit Pattaya for five hours, starting during the morning rush hour around 7:30 a.m. and did not abate until noon in most areas. The collected water hit roads throughout the city and surrounding areas with depths ranging from 30 centimeters in some areas to flooding up to one meter high on some roads in Pattaya.

Sukhumvit, Soi Khao Talo in Nong Phru Tambon and behind the Samakee Tham temple by the railroad were deeply flooded. Houses on Soi Khao Talo filled with water to a depth of one meter and many residents were unable to save their belongings, which got wet and deteriorated.

Delays on the roads resulted in traffic police and local police doing double duty, regulating traffic and helping people stuck in the high floodwaters. Several cars were also stuck in deep water.

When the rain finally subsided, it took about 2 hours for the waters to recede, and the flooding emergency subsided, and by evening, traffic in Pattaya was back to normal.

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