Frantic scenes in the eastern seaboard province of Chon Buri, Thailand on Wednesday night with people and cars washed away by surging floodwaters as tropical depression Vamco hit Thailand with a vengeance.
In the above video clip uploaded to FaceBook by กล้องติดรถยนต์ by Cam2Car a 31-year-old man and his companion sit helplessly in their car as it is swept away on a torrent of water, careering into a power pole and clothing stall – the glowing red brake lights showing how helpless the driver and his companion were.
Thailand’s Interior Ministry said 14 tambons (a local governmental unit in Thailand) in eight districts in Chanthaburi, Chon Buri. Si Sa Ket, Surin, and Tak have been inundated since Sunday as a result of tropical depression Vamco.
In Pattaya’s Bang Lamung District the cities inefficient drainage system left most residents under one metre or more of water. In the video clip below posted to YouTube by DoDo AndDo a woman in an orange rain smock and appearing to be assisted by two men screams hysterically as the trio are swept along in a raging torrent as helpless bystanders look on. In background people out front of a 7-Eleven store attempt to desperately prevent a food cart from being swept away in the torrent.
In Pattaya City large holes opened in the road under the turgid floodwaters catching drivers and motorcycle riders unaware, while the city’s beaches were pounded by rough seas. Flood waters racing down roadways and into Pattaya Bay and Jomtien Beach are reported to have carved channels up to one metre deep and 10 metres wide through the sand.
As home-owners and shopkeepers set up the grim task of cleaning premises and seeing what stock could be salvaged in the wake of the thundering downpour Thailand’s Meteorological Department warned that although tropical depression Vamco had lost much of its force and had been downgraded to a low-pressure system more rain and heavy seas were expected to continue, with 16 provinces placed on flood alert.
No injuries or deaths were reported at the time of writing.