Phattalung villages hit hard
- Published: 31/12/2012 at 08:38 PM
- Online news:
More than 3,500 families in Phatthalung’s five districts have been affected by flooding caused by rainstorms and mountain run-off triggered by last week’s monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand.
Many tambons in the five districts including Muang, Khuan Khanun, Si Nakharin, Si Banphot and Pa Bon were still covered by 50-70cm of water on Monday as a result of heavy overnight rain and mountain run-off from the Banthat mountain range.
Logs and masses of tree branches were reportedly swept along by the water run-off that inundated more than 50 village roads, making them impassable for small vehicles.
More than 3,500 households in the five districts are suffering from the floods.
In tambon Khao Jiak in Muang district, the floods destroyed a bridge leading to Moo 10 village and the torrent was eating up the bridge’s structure and causing more damage, local authorities said.
Phatthalung governor Winyu Tongsakul instructed district chiefs in the affected areas to immediately assess damage and report the findings to the provincial hall. The information would enable concerned agencies to decide which areas should be declared disaster zones as well as to provide proper help.
He urged people to follow weather reports closely, especially in the five districts of Pa Bon, Tamot, Kong Ra, Si Nakharin and Si Banphot. Villagers should keep an around the clock watch for mountain run-off and mudslides, he said.
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