Flooding hits Pattaya

Flooding hits Pattaya

Niyom Kongsan's flooded car in Nong Yai community of Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri, after torrential rain in Pattya and other areas on Wednesday. (Photo: Chaiyot Phupattanapong)
Niyom Kongsan's flooded car in Nong Yai community of Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri, after torrential rain in Pattya and other areas on Wednesday. (Photo: Chaiyot Phupattanapong)

An afternoon downpour flooded major roads in Pattaya on Wednesday afternoon, with one community particularly hard-hit.

Torrential rain pounded the area for about two hours, causing flooding 30-50 centimetres deep on many roads in the city, including Beach Road.

The hardest hit community was Nong Yai in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri, where the water was about one metre deep, high enough to submerge most of Niyom Kongsan's car.

Mr Niyom said he was trying to drive his car out of the flood and to an alternative street to Sukhumvit Road,  but the strong current took control of the vehicle away from him.

Photos posted on social media from Pattaya showed many areas were submerged.

However, the rain eventually stopped and about one hour later the water drained away. 

Traffic Police radio reported flooding on sections of the Bangkok-Pattaya motorway, but the water level was subsiding.

The forecast is for a 60% chance of rain in most areas of Pattaya and other eastern provinces into Thursday.

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Vocabulary

  • community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน
  • current: a strong movement of water in one direction - กระแสน้ำ
  • drain: to cause water or fluid to flow out - ระบายออก
  • flooding (noun): a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry - น้ำท่วม
  • forecast (verb): to say what you think will happen in the future based on information that you have now - ทำนาย, ทาย, พยากรณ์
  • submerge: to cause to be under water - ทำให้จมน้ำ ทำให้อยู่ใต้น้ำ
  • subside: to sink to a lower level - จมลง
  • torrential rain: extremely heavy rain - ฝนไหลเชี่ยว

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