Floods swamp roads in northern Chiang Mai
Police patrols in Chiang Mai reported that a number of the city’s main roads were flooded early today. Heavy rains lashed the Northern Thai city overnight and left parts of roads close to the River Ping impassable to all but 4WD vehicles.
Affected roads included Chang Klan Road and Charoenprathet Road. The water was so deep in places that traffic police were forced to close parts of roads and the sois (lanes) leading into them.
Chiang Mai municipal workers installed pumps on some flooded roads to expedite draining. Authorities in the city say the overnight rain coming on top of several days of higher than average monsoon season rainfall resulted in accumulated water on mountains such as the nearby Doi Suthep washing down into the valley.
12GO ASIA’s travel team notes that the city’s governor, Pavin Chamniprasart, has called a meeting for today. Attendees will formulate a plan of action in case of more rainfall tonight or over the weekend. The Thai Meteorological Department says today will be mostly sunny and any storms tonight will be less severe.
A two-year-old panda cub born at Malaysia’s national zoo was dispatched to her spiritual homeland of China on Tuesday. Zookeepers at Zoo Negara near Kuala Lumpur and Malaysian government officials wished Nuan Nuan all the best for the flight to her new home at a panda centre in Chengdu.
Pattaya will be switching on a new landmark water feature this weekend in honour of the ASEAN International Fleet Review. Dancing fountains located in the Bali Hai port zone will be strutting their stuff twice daily from then onwards.
The popular Wonderfruit music and arts festival is set to return to Pattaya in the middle of next month. The Fields at Siam Country Club is again the venue for the four-day culture extravaganza beginning on the 14 December.