One Pattaya village’s drainage problem becomes another’s disaster

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The lack of a proper drainage system under East Pattaya’s Eakmongkol Village 8, off Khao Talo Soi 3, is creating havoc for residents of neighboring Darapan Village 5.

The crisis became evident again during a routine storm Sept. 10 when Daraphan residents suffered inundation from runoff that hit Eakmongkol, where a working drainage system is only in the beginning stages of development.

After previous complaints from Daraphan, Pattaya workers installed cement barriers between the two villages, hoping to block the water and solve the problem while they install a proper drainage system. But it didn’t work, with both sewage and storm runoff flowing into Daraphan.

Cement barriers were no deterrent for runoff from a routine storm that hit East Pattaya’s Eakmongkol Village 8 Sept. 10.Cement barriers were no deterrent for runoff from a routine storm that hit East Pattaya’s Eakmongkol Village 8 Sept. 10.

Authorities from both Pattaya and Nongprue Sub-district met and an agreement for Eakmongkol 8’s owner to create a proper drainage system was struck. Main drainage tunnels will be laid first before any other improvements.

Unfortunately, before the paperwork was finalized and the work begun, Daraphan had to suffer not only the storm of Sept. 10, but the disaster to follow from tropical depression Vamco days later.