Heavy storm paralyzes Pattaya

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A Lotte Thailand Co. tour bus plunged into an open trench on Soi Photisan near Sukhumvit Road after raging storm runoff ironically washed away barriers erected by crews installing new flood-control pipes.
A Lotte Thailand Co. tour bus plunged into an open trench on Soi Photisan near Sukhumvit Road after raging storm runoff ironically washed away barriers erected by crews installing new flood-control pipes.

One of the strongest storms to hit Pattaya this year left the city underwater and traffic paralyzed.

A tropical depression dumped hours of heavy rain over most the country Sept. 3, leaving all the city’s major arteries flooded.

A Lotte Thailand Co. tour bus plunged into an open trench on Soi Photisan near Sukhumvit Road after raging storm runoff ironically washed away barriers erected by crews installing new flood-control pipes.

No one was seriously injured and authorities blocked off the area to prevent follow-on accidents. New barriers and lights were brought in to warn drivers of the construction.

Meanwhile, Banglamung officials had to rescue three cars broken down near the Pukplub Canal Pumping Station on Naklua Road.

Pumps were brought in to lower the water level and workers scraped out garbage blocking drains. It took about 15 minutes for the water to drop enough to get the vehicles moving again.

On Beach Road, small vehicles were restricted to the left-most lane while water raged down alleys, across the street and onto the beach where it cut out huge trenches in the sand.