Pattaya Beach is recovering afer significant damage following heavy rains over the past weekend, especially on Friday (August 27th) which caused flooding across the city.
First, a recap of Friday’s rain in Pattaya. Rain also fell throughout the weekend, although the hardest hit portion was on Friday morning.
Water had flowed from higher areas in town to drain onto Pattaya beach and then into the sea. Portions of the beach were washed away, causing numerous ditches and holes on the sand. A video is also attached showing the repair work being done following this weekend’s rains.
The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunploem ordered staffers from the Pattaya environment office to use construction machines to finish smoothing out the sand and beach as soon as possible.
Sand is being taken from the sea to cover the damaged area on the beach. Much of the work was finished in a single day, although some portions still need some repairs and smoothing.
The Mayor has continually stated that the reason the city continues to flood is not that the drainage system isn’t working, which has been a work in progress for several years, but because according to him major portions of the project remain to be completed. This includes pump stations and significant work around Eastern Pattaya. This followed criticism on social media from residents over the flooding.
The remaining portions of the drainage project are not likely to be finished until sometime next year, notes TPN media, with the city mostly blaming Covid-19 for the delays.
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