Highway link to South from Bangkok now cut off by flash flood in Bang Saphan

Flood situation in the South is worsened today with the major highway linking Bangkok with the South now cut off by flash flood in Prachuab Khiri Khan.

The disruption of road communication adds difficulties to aid supplies to the South and hardship to flood stricken people after the rail line was earlier paralysed by flooding at Bang Saphan district of Prachuab Khiri Khan.

Prachuab Khiri Khan is the latest province in the upper southern region to be hit by heavy rains last night, causing flash flood to submerge the southern rail line and the major Phetkasem highway at Bang Saphan district.

All vehicles could not pass the submerged section of the highway due to deep water and strong current yesterday, causing several kilometres long of traffic jams.

Until late today the highway is still impassable after flood water spilled from three reservoirs in Bang Saphan district flowed down to further submerge a section of Phetkasem highway from Sam Yaek Bang Saphan junction to Ban Ko Yai Chim.

The strong current washed away the bridge approach slab of the Ban Wang Yao bridge, paralyzing traffic on this major highway from Bangkok to the South and vise versa completely.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)