Nan hit by floods, subsidence after heavy rain
published : 15 Aug 2016 at 11:42
NAN -- More than 24 hours of heavy rain caused flooding in many localities, with the Nan River and its tributaries rising rapidly and threatening to overflow and inundate villages along their banks.
In Muang district, Pha Tup village in tambon Pha Sing was flooded. Soldiers from the 38th Military Circle were sent to help residents evacuate to higher ground and remove fallen trees and other flood debris from waterways to allow better drainage.
In Tha Wang Pha district, rainwater inundated Ban Thon School and houses in tambon Chom Phra. Ban Thon School and Tha Wang Pha Pithayakhom Schools were ordered closed.
Flooding also hit Fai Mun, Don Chai and Ton Hang villages in tambon Pa Kha of Tha Wang Pha district. Village roads were underwater and impassable to small vehicles.
A number of villages in tambon Pua of Pua district had also been flooded. Water in Wa stream was rising rapidly and threatening to put farmland and houses under water.
In Wiang Sa district, people in Ban Huay Son, Pak Ngu, Tha Kham, Nasa, Boon Ruang, Khueng and Si Mongkol villages in tambon Lai Nan had been told to evacuate and move their belongings to higher ground.
A brief power blackout was reported at the Nan airport, affecting airline check-in systems. However, no flights had been cancelled.
In Chalerm Phra Kiat district, soldiers from 32nd Rangers Regiment were dispatched to Ban Huay Fong in tambon Khun Nan where it was reported the village's main road had subsided over a distance of about 100 metres.
A house had been damaged by soil subsidence and a broken power pole caused a blackout in the whole village.
Nan governor Suwat Promsuwan issued a warning that residents to be prepared for possible flooding and move their belongings, animals and vehicles to higher ground as the level of all waterways was rising.
School administrators were allowed to close their schools if necessary.