Flood swamps Mae Sai market
- Published: 4 Aug 2012 at 18.28
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Flash floods have created havoc at the main border market in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai as the Mekong River surged close to crisis levels in Nong Khai.
Photo by Post Today A third day of torrential downpours unleashed flash floods after the Sai River, the natural border between Thailand and Myanmar, burst its banks. The floods inundated border markets on both sides of the river.Vendors at the Sai Lom border market in Mae Sai district and those at the Tha Lor market on the other side of the river in Tachilek town hurried to evacuate.The Sai River surged to 2.48 metres, above the critical level of 1.9m.The disaster prevention and mitigation office also issued landslide warnings in low-lying areas. In the northeastern province of Nong Khai, the Mekong River peaked at 11 metres on Friday, the highest level this year.Officials in Muang district mobilised water pumps at the main sluice gates to drain water from the city centre to prevent further flooding.The water in the Mekong River receded to 10.6 metres on Saturday although it is still close to the critical...
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