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Samut Prakan floods slowly recede after total inundation over weekend


Floodwaters in Samut Prakan province began receding on Monday after being high enough to reach a car’s roof on Sunday.

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The Department of Highways said that as of 9.30am, water levels on the Bang Na-Suvarnabhumi highway stood at 5 to 10 centimetres. Cars were able to drive down the highway and signs had been put up to assist the traffic.

According to Kom Chad Luek newspaper, water levels on Monday morning were about 30cm in some areas of the Bangpoo Industrial Estate. Many companies had to suspend work, and several used trucks to transport their workers out of danger. Though small cars could pass through some areas, flood levels were quite high in others.

On Sunday, Bangpoo Industrial Estate was under a metre of water, drowning many cars and motorcycles. People had to use paddle boats to get around, while many put sandbags in front of their homes to keep the water out.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Monday that floods had hit nine provinces and 316 households were affected.

Provinces and the number of districts flooded:
• Kamphaeng Phet – 2 districts, 5 households affected
• Nakhon Ratchasima – 1 district
• Prachin Buri – 2 districts, 78 households affected
• Chon Buri –1 district
• Rayong – 2 districts
• Chanthaburi – 6 districts, 233 households affected
• Sa Kaew – 1 district
• Singburi – 1 district
• Samut Prakan – 4 districts.

Published : August 30, 2021