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.

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