Leisure town turns into disaster zone after flooding

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pattaya floodingThe mayor of Pattaya has declared Thailand’s best-known seaside resort town a “disaster zone” after it has been hit by heavy and sustained rainstorms caused by tropical storm Vamco. On Wednesday, September 16, citywide flooding reached 30 centimeters after just 45 minutes. The deluge continued all day and into the night, leaving districts close to the beach under a meter or more of water.

Waves of between two and three meters in height are still being experienced and the red flag is still in place which prevents any private or commercial vessels from sailing.

On land, a major issue has emerged on Highway 331 east of Pattaya where parts of the road have collapsed, leaving large holes which are forcing authorities to close sections of the road until repairs can be made.

On Sukhumvit Road, the under-construction Pattaya Central Road bypass tunnel – which officials assured would not flood once complete – was turned into a huge swimming pool, likely adding a delay to a project.

Also in the east of Pattaya, the railroad has been closed in places due to flooding. The poor construction of the road has been blamed for this issue which is caused by poor drainage and undulations in the road which cause some areas to easily flood during periods of sustained and heavy rainfall.

Vamco also flooded other areas in Chonburi province, where local roads and large areas of farmland were affected. Overall, Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Centre warned 14 eastern and southern provinces of floods and landslides.

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The mayor of Pattaya has declared Thailand's best-known seaside resort town a “disaster zone” after it has been hit by heavy and sustained rainstorms caused by tropical storm Vamco. On Wednesday, September 16, citywide flooding reached 30 centimeters after just 45 minutes. The deluge continued all day and into the night, leaving districts close to the beach under a meter or more of water. Waves of between two and three meters in height are still being experienced and the red flag is still in place which prevents any private or commercial vessels from sailing. On land, a major issue has...

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pattaya floodingThe mayor of Pattaya has declared Thailand’s best-known seaside resort town a “disaster zone” after it has been hit by heavy and sustained rainstorms caused by tropical storm Vamco. On Wednesday, September 16, citywide flooding reached 30 centimeters after just 45 minutes. The deluge continued all day and into the night, leaving districts close to the beach under a meter or more of water.

Waves of between two and three meters in height are still being experienced and the red flag is still in place which prevents any private or commercial vessels from sailing.

On land, a major issue has emerged on Highway 331 east of Pattaya where parts of the road have collapsed, leaving large holes which are forcing authorities to close sections of the road until repairs can be made.

On Sukhumvit Road, the under-construction Pattaya Central Road bypass tunnel – which officials assured would not flood once complete – was turned into a huge swimming pool, likely adding a delay to a project.

Also in the east of Pattaya, the railroad has been closed in places due to flooding. The poor construction of the road has been blamed for this issue which is caused by poor drainage and undulations in the road which cause some areas to easily flood during periods of sustained and heavy rainfall.

Vamco also flooded other areas in Chonburi province, where local roads and large areas of farmland were affected. Overall, Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Centre warned 14 eastern and southern provinces of floods and landslides.

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