Torrential rainfall floods 10 provinces

Torrential rainfall floods 10 provinces

Heavy rain in recent days has triggered flash floods in 10 provinces, affecting more than 65,000 households, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

Local authorities have rushed to help affected and stranded people in flooded areas in 22 districts of Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Sa Kaeo, Sing Buri and Samut Prakan following torrential rain from Aug 27-30, the department said yesterday.

It said 65,088 households in 135 villages have been affected. But no injuries or deaths were reported.

The department said water levels in most flooded areas have receded.

It also reported further flooding in three provinces in the past 24 hours -- Tak, Phitsanulok and Rayong. Sixty-five homes and four roads were flooded.

The rain was the result of a low-pressure front in southern Vietnam, coupled with a southwestern monsoon coming in from the Andaman Sea.

Meanwhile, local authorities in Samut Prakan said flooding in the Bang Pu industrial estate, which reached more than a metre high two days ago, has subsided following efforts to drain the water off yesterday. Roads were now open and factory workers have returned to work.

However, at least 50 cars, 300 motorcycles, and a lot of factory equipment were damaged by the flood water.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday reiterated the Ministry of Interior's warning to all provinces to watch out for flash floods in high-risk areas and said that officials must always be ready to mobilise help for Samut Prakan province to protect industry there.

His spokesman, Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, said the Deputy PM has instructed the Ministry of Interior to closely monitor weather conditions in the capital and to coordinate with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to keep the drainage system clear of floodgate blockages, especially in areas with a history of flooding.

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