Pattaya paralyzed as storm slams city, swamps streets (Video)

The submerged streets of Pattaya. Photo: Facebook/ Rescue Thailand Club

Cars drowned in the streets and a man was hit by lightning today in Pattaya when a heavy rainstorm lashed the coastal city.

While the north choked on ash, a rain-pocalypse struck the southeastern gulf coast today, stranding motorists after flash floods submerged South Pattaya roads in upward of 1.5 meters of water, according to reports.

Sukhumvit Road – the main arterial road – was flooded to the point many vehicles couldn’t pass, according to Manager. Many submerged cars broke down, compounding traffic misery all over the city.

Pattaya police said a man was mildly singed by lightning at the Sawang Boriboon Foundation Cemetery – just two days after another mourner was struck down forever in the nearby district of Sri Racha.

On social media, users posted photos of vehicles submerged up to their roofs, fallen motorbikes abandoned to the torrent and cops giving piggyback rides to tourists.

Local officials stepped in to close some routes and direct traffic, The Nation reported. Water levels had subsided by late afternoon.

Despite warnings issued Sunday by meteorologists, Pattaya seemed unprepared for the ferocity of today’s downpour. Heavy rainfall is predicted to continue into tomorrow.

Though skies in the capital will be cloudy through next week, little rain is forecast.


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