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Heavy rain hits Pattaya and Bangkok hard

Flooding was reported in several locations of Bangkok and Pattaya on Thursday morning following hours of heavy rain overnight.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) reported flooding in 26 locations on Wednesday night and about 10 locations remained inundated.

They included Sukhumvit 26 and Sukhumvit 39 roads, a section on Lat Phrao Road from Chao Khun Sing Canal to Lat Phrao 122 Road, sections of Pattanakan Road, Sukhumvit 71 Road and a section of Srivara Road.

The BMA’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage reported the hiighest flood level at 27 centimetres on Chalerm Prakiat Rama IX Road at Sri Udom intersection, followed by 24cm on Pattanakan Road in front of a Krungthai Bank branch, 15cm on Srinagarind Road near Wat Sri Iam and 7cm on Pattanakan Road at its intersection with Srinagarind Road.

Pattaya also had very heavy rain many videos were being uploaded to facebook on the downpour

According to the Meteorological Department’s forecast, more rain was expected in Greater Bangkok on Thursday due to the strong monsoon trough in the North and the Northeast and the monsoon over the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf of Thailand.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has warned 32 provinces of possible flash flooding and runoff, as heavy rain continues to pound most parts of the country.

The department said on its website on Thursday that sudden floods and runoff were possible throughout most of the northern and northeastern regions, which were most at risk.

The northern provinces were:

  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Lampang
  • Lamphun
  • Mae Hong Son
  • Nan
  • Phetchabun
  • Phitsanulok
  • Tak 
  • Uttaradit

The northeastern provinces were:

  • Bung Kan
  • Buri Ram
  • Chaiyaphum
  • Kalasin
  • Khon Kaen
  • Loei
  • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nong Khai
  • Sakon Nakhon
  • Surin

The central provinces were:

  • Chanthaburi
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Phetchaburi
  • Prachin Buri
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Ratchaburi
  • Sa Kaeo
  • Trat

The southern provinces were:

  • Chumphon
  • Phangnga
  • Phuket
  • Ranong

The Mineral Resources Department on Wednesday issued mudslide warnings for Nan, Lampang, Phrae, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Chanthaburi and Trat until Friday.

The Meteorological Department’s Thursday foecast is for heavy rain until Sunday, including Greater Bangkok.

In the capital, rain was likely over 80% of the city until Saturday, with rain easing off from Sunday. 

Heavy overnight rain caused several areas of Bangkok to be flooded, disrupting traffic during the morning rush hours.

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