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Tropical depression Kirogi wreaks havoc in Hua Hin and Cha-am

Overnight rain caused by tropical depression Kirogi has wreaked havoc in seaside districts of Cha-am and Hau Hin as roads were flooded leading to traffic snarls in many areas.(Nov 21).

The storm, which has declined to a low-pressure cell, brought heavy rain in Hua Hin of Prachuap Khiri Khan and Cha-am of Phetchaburi since yesterday and until Tuesday morning, submerging several roads in both towns, and forcing several schools to close due to high flood levels.

The heavy downpour forced local authorities to mobilise heavy machines and water pumps to drain flood water from business and residential areas of the town.

The Phetkasem highway which passes through the districts is under almost 20 centimetres of flood water.

Hua Hin deputy mayor Jirawat Phramanee said authorities were hastily draining water from the areas which faced repeated flooding, particularly Soi 102, to the sea.

He said the flood levels did not recede much as heavy rain continued to fall today.

Meanwhile flooding is also reported in several areas of Phetchaburi province, particularly on Ratchadamnern, Boriphat, Bundai-it and Phetkasem.

Flood water level is over 50 centimetres in some areas, thus paralizing traffic in the town and on the Phetkasem Highway to the South.

Meanwhile, the Thai Meteorological Department today (Nov 21) issued a warning of possible flash flood in 14 provinces as the low-pressure cell which is now covers the upper South is forecast to move to the Andaman Sea.

The low-pressure cell will bring more rain over the lower Central, the East, and the upper South while isolated heavy rain is expected in the lower Central and the upper South. Residents should beware of possible flash flood. Affected areas are:

Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok and its vicinity, Chon Buri, Rayong, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi.

Hua Hin flooding

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)