Heavy downpours caused severe flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district yesterday, damaging housing estates and dozens of vehicles.
The overnight rainfall, triggered by tropical storm Nari, caused levels in waterways and some reservoirs to rise sharply. Low-lying areas in Muang district were the first to be hit.
Chamchuri housing estate was under about 1m of water yesterday.
Many roads, including Ratchasima-Chokechai and Suranarai roads, were impassable after water rose to 50cm. Dozens of motorcycles and cars were damaged by the flooding.
Residents said the deluge was the worst since the 2010 flooding which hit several districts of the province.
In Phimai district, the Moon River burst its banks and inundated riverside communities as authorities issued warnings to people in other parts of the district to prepare for flooding as water levels continued to rise.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department yesterday issued a severe weather warning for people in 16 provinces in the South.
The department said people living near hillsides and waterways in Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phangnga, Krabi, Trang, Phuket, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Satun should brace for heavy rain, possible flash floods and landslides from yesterday to Wednesday.
There will also be strong wind-generated waves in the upper part of the Gulf and the Andaman Sea.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department yesterday reported that 73 people were confirmed dead in the floods that have hit 359 districts in 46 provinces since Sept 17.