THAILAND: Pattaya reels under floods

Encroachments prevent canals and channels from draining away water

THE severe flooding that has inundated Pattaya and much of Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district in the wake of tropical storm Vamco was made worse by encroachment of public canals and waterway banks, the deputy mayor of Pattaya said yesterday.

Weerawat Khakhai said the heavy rains in the low-lying seaside resort contributed to the unusual flooding, but it was exacerbated by encroachment on waterways and canals such as Klong Nok Yang, Klong Kratinglai and Klong Na Kleu, which prevented the water from draining into the sea.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Warning Centre (NDWC) yesterday warned 14 eastern and southern provinces of floods and landslides.

They were: Chanthaburi, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Phatthalung, Satun and Songkhla. Weerawat said water-draining channels were already struggling to keep up with the city’s expansion, he said, while garbage was also clogging the pipes.

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