TRAT : Flash floods and landslides hit parts of the East and upper South yesterday after a night of torrential rain.
A resident of Ban Dan Chumphon village in Trat’s Bo Rai district carries a child on his shoulders while wading through a flooded road in the rain yesterday. JAKKRIT WAEWKRAIHONG
Flash floods were reported in Trat's Muang district yesterday morning as heavy rain continued from the previous night, assistant district officer Phairat Soisaeng said.
Rescue workers were deployed to build a sandbag wall to prevent the floods from intruding into homes while efforts to drain excess water out of the municipality continued, he said.
About 100m of Sukhumvit Road in Muang district was inundated with 30-40cm of flood water, he said.
In Ban Chang Kleau village of Muang district, almost 1,000 rai of rubber plantations and about 20 homes were flooded, while about 10 homes in Ban Nong Bua village were covered with 80cm of flood water.
Landslides were reported on Sukhumvit Road in Khlong Yai district.
In Bo Rai district, more than 100 homes in Moo 1 village of tambon Dan Chumphon were seriously affected by flash floods early yesterday.
The average flood level surged from about 50cm to 80cm in just one hour from about 9am, disaster prevention and mitigation authorities said.
About 20 of the affected houses were inundated with flood water up to 1.8m deep. Residents evacuated their homes as the waters rose, and schools were forced to close temporarily.
The National Disaster Warning Centre yesterday issued a warning of possible flash floods and landslides in Trat's Bo Rai, Khao Saming and Koh Chang districts from yesterday until Friday.
The warning also applied to Chanthaburi's Khlung and Soi Dao districts.
Nam Tok Phliew National Park and two more parks in Chanthaburi were abruptly closed yesterday amid fears of flash floods and landslides.
In Ranong, deputy governor Wiroj Saengsiwarit said two landslides were reported, one in Ban Wat Khwan in La-un district and the other in Ban Rang Taen in Kra Buri district.
About 100 households were affected.
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