Move over Songkran, new storm in town
Capital braces for more rain, flooding
Summer storms have hit several provinces including Bangkok, causing flooding in some areas.
The situation was worse upcountry where strong winds and downpours continued to inflict havoc on local residents yesterday.
The latest warning by the Meteorological Department said heavy rain and strong winds will persist in the capital and another 30 provinces — mainly in the northern, northeastern and eastern regions — until today and possibly tomorrow.
Over half of Bangkok should expect more rain today while some provinces could experience hail and thunderbolts, it added.
An update from the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department showed about 1,500 houses in 24 provinces had been damaged by the turbulent weather conditions from Friday to yesterday evening.
Traffic police reported the collapse of four electricity poles in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district yesterday morning. City Hall reported rain in central, northern and eastern parts of the capital. Min Buri suffered the most with 44.5 millimetres of rain, it added.
Flooding was reported on the outskirts of Bangkok including Khlong Luang district in Pathum Thani and Bang Bua Thong district in Nonthaburi.
In Phichit, seven districts were declared disaster zones after 203 residents’ houses were severely damaged by summer storms and one villager was struck dead by lightning.
In Buri Ram, 150 households in 12 districts were battered by summer storms while eight residents were struck by lightning, leaving one dead. Wat Bot district in Phitsanulok also took a hammering for about 30 minutes from 4.30am, with several trees felled and more than 10 houses damaged.
Boonting Ruennoi, of Ban Klong Pet, said she saw parts of her roof blown more than 20 metres away, forcing her and her two daughters to find cover while they watched the interior of her house being torn apart.
Flooding was also reported by rescue volunteers in Si Khieu district of Nakhon Ratchasima and Lam Sonthi district in Lop Buri.
In Ayutthaya, several people were slightly injured in a road accident which involved six vehicles on the Asian Highway at kilometre marker 12 in Bang Pa-in district due to slippery conditions from downpours as streams of vehicles were heading back to Bangkok after Songkran. On the same road at kilometre marker 25 in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya district, ferocious winds toppled a large tree. This blocked a lane, causing traffic chaos.
Uttaradit warned residents to brace for more storms after three houses were damaged.