NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The Lam Takhong and Lam Chiang Krai rivers burst their banks, sending a huge volume of water to flood many houses in Nong Sung and Muang districts on Thursday.
In Muang district, the Lam Choeng Krai village in tambon Khok Sung was inundated. A village road was about 30 centimetres underwater. Floodwater rose to more than one metre in low-lying areas in the village on Thursday after the two rivers burst their banks, Thai media reported.
Sawai Thipwesart, village head of Lam Choeng Krai village, said the village had been hit by flooding for two consecutive years, but there was a huge volume of water this year due to long periods of heavy rain.
About 40 houses and more than 500 rai of paddy fields in the village are now inundated, said Mr Sawai.
In Nong Sung district, more than 40 houses in Dan Ting village were at least 40cm under water. The water levels kept rising on Thursday as the village was on the bank of Lam Chiang Krai River.
Floodwater also inundated Wat Dan Ting, leaving the temple 30-50 centimetres under water. Monks and residents were instructed to move belongings to higher grounds. Cremation ceremonies could no longer be held at the temple as the pyre was also flooded.
Villagers said the flooding was more severe this year than last year when the temple was only slightly affected.
A source said the situation was worrying as it rained every day, causing the water level in the Lam Chiang Krai River to rise.
Three riverside communities in Non Sung district — tambon Chan-ad, tambon Muang Prasart and tambon Lam Moon — were prone to flooding as overflows from the Lam Moon and Lam Chiang Krai rivers pass the areas.