BOTH Pattaya and Banglamung district of Chonburi province were heavily flooded at 3.30 p.m. yesterday after a violent rainstorm lashed the whole area for an hour with floodwaters being 50 centimetres to a metre high at some points, Sanook.com reported this morning (15.5.2020).
Flooding was heaviest at Pattaya’s Soi Khao Noi, Sukhumvit and railway roads and entry point to South Pattaya road.
The heavy flooding badly disrupted the traffic flow with small vehicles unable to pass. Many vehicles broke down and officials and residents helped push them out of the way.
However the floodwaters decreased an hour or two after this bad rainstorm and the seaside city returned to normal.
A project to install sewers is underway in many areas to help drain out rainwater and once completed Pattaya should not be hit by this bad flooding anymore.
Meanwhile the Thai Meteorological Department said in its weather forecast that during May 14-18 low heat covers upper Thailand causing hot to very hot weather in some areas. Southerly and southeasterly winds are blowing in and bringing humidity to the the Northeast, the East, Central and the lower North. As thunderstorms and gusty winds are possible, people should beware for these severe conditions.
In the South, the southeasterly winds blowing across the Gulf of Thailand bring continuous rainfall throughout the region.
From 6 a.m. today till 6 a.m. tomorrow Bangkok will be hot and hit with isolated thundershowers. Minimum temperature 27-29 °C. Maximum temperature 34-37 °C. Southerly winds 10-25 km/hr.
Pattaya city turns into a sea after being hit by a strong rainstorm yesterday afternoon. Photos: Sanook.com