Pattaya, Banglamung officials promise flood relief to Thamsamakkee Temple neighborhood

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Top Pattaya and Banglamung District officials inspected damage and handed out relief packages to 150 Thamsamakkee Temple-area families affected by last month’s record flooding.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Banglamung District Chief Chawalit Saeng-Uthai and Pattaya City Council members toured hardest-hit Soi 8 Nanaphan where Sept. 11’s monsoon drove two meters of soil into the streets, blocking drains and causing about two meters of water to pool. Other homes were submerged in solid waste from damaged landfills.

Some of the storm drains are so blocked with debris, they are difficult to locate. Some of the storm drains are so blocked with debris, they are difficult to locate.

Officials inspected a stretch of vacant public land next to the street and pledged to install a new drainage pipeline to take storm water 500 meters to Soi Khao Noi, even though that street too suffered severe flooding.

Officials also handed out rice, instant noodles, other dried foods and general relief supplies to 150 flood victims. The mayor promised affected families that city workers would be back within days to remove the stagnant water and waste and begin preparations for new storm-water outlets.