Torrential rain triggers flooding in Phuket

POPULAR resort island of Phuket was heavily flooded this morning (May 26) after torrential rain fell across the whole area with floodwater sweeping through several roads, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported.

The fierce downpour started at 10.30 a.m. with particularly Phuket town being badly flooded. The floodwater level on the outbound side of Thepkasatri Road in front of Supercheap store was 10 to 70 centimeters high and only one lane was open to traffic. The traffic on this stretch of the road was paralyzed for a while.

Several vehicles damaged by floodwater were parked at the side of the flooded roads.

However, the situation quickly returned normal after it stopped raining.

The Meteorological Department’s office in the southwest said the sky over Phuket is overcast and rain is likely in 70% of the area, with the downpour to be heavy in some parts.

Wind speed is 15 to 35 kilometers an hour and waves 1-2 meters high, but in areas where it is raining these waves will be 2 meters high.


Top and below: Flooded roads in  Phuket this morning. Photos: Matichon