TORRENTIAL rain lashed Pattaya and Chonburi last night leading to bad floods and heavy traffic congestion while in Chaing Rai driving rain triggered landslides onto a road leading Doi Tung, Thai News Agency said today (July 20).
Pattaya was pounded with heavy continuous rain from 9 pm onward which led to many parts of the seaside city getting flooded including Pattaya 3 Road, Moom Aroi restaurant intersection and Sukhumvit road leading to at Khao Noi and Khao Talo sois.
The downpours led to bad traffic jams and many cars driving through the floodwater also broke down.
Chonburi also got flooded last night with Sukumvit road from Bang Saen till Choburi city, a distance of eight kilometers, being inundated as well as a few other roads. Floodwater also collected at various points with officials rushing to pump it out to the sea.
Torriential rain has also been lashing Chiang Rai over the past three to four days leading to landslides from a waterlogged mountain onto Highway 1390 which is the route to Wat Phra That Doi Tung.
Just a kilometer away from Wat Noi Doi Tung on this route to Wat Phra That Doi Tung landslides cover 20 meters of this road with trees also collapsing and knocking down seven power poles.
While Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakon has ordered officials to take machines to clear the obstruction, the working is proceeding with difficulty because this is a mountainous, narrow road. A sign has been put up warning tourists that they cannot use this route until the soil and trees have been cleared.
Top: A badly flooded Pattaya road. Photo: Thai News Agency