One killed in Phetchabun flooding

One killed in Phetchabun flooding

Villagers and rescuers use a boat to carry the body of a man who drowned in flooding in Lom Sak district of Phetchabun to a waiting vehicle on Sunday. (Photo: Sunthorn Kongvarakhom)
Villagers and rescuers use a boat to carry the body of a man who drowned in flooding in Lom Sak district of Phetchabun to a waiting vehicle on Sunday. (Photo: Sunthorn Kongvarakhom)

PHETCHABUN: A health official was found to have drowned at an intersection in Lom Sak district of this central northern province after the floodwater receded on Sunday morning, police said.

He was identified as Wuthichai Saiyod, 47, an official at the Lom Sak health office. His body was found at about 10.20am by a power post at the Ban Mai intersection in tambon Tan Diew.

Colleagues said he left a field hospital in Lom Sak district for home at about 7pm on Saturday. He was believed to have collapsed at the flooded intersection and drowned. Police were investigating.

Tambon Tan Diew and Muang Lom Sak municipalities were flooded after the Lom Sak river burst its banks two days ago. By noon on Sunday the floodwater had receded by about 20 centimetres, but many roads and houses were still under water.

Businesses near the town's clock tower circle and municipality market were mopping up.

Away from Lom Sak town, villages in tambon Nong Kwai and tambon Pak Duk downriver were still flooded. The military and a charity foundation set up a kitchen in the town and delivered food in boxes on flat-bottom boats to the villagers trapped in their flooded homes.

Floodwaters in the general vicinity were slowly receding.

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