Major Korat hospital flooded

Major Korat hospital flooded

Soldiers help build barriers to control flood water at Marahat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
Soldiers help build barriers to control flood water at Marahat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Marahat Nakhon Ratchasima, the largest hospital in this northeastern province, was flooded early Wednesday morning after Lam Takhon canal overflowed.

Water began to flow into the hospital compound about 4.30am.

The water at the front and back of the hospital grounds was 50-60 centimetres deep by mid-morning. Small vehicles could not enter or leave the compound.

The intersection in front of the hospital was under 80-90cm of water.

People seeking medical services had to wade through the deep water to reach hospital buildings.

Provincial governor Wichian Chantaranothai arrived at the hospital early in the morning to oversee the draining of the water.

Hospital employees were assigned to examine the flood prevention wall for holes and plug them, and drain the water with pumps as soon as possible.

The provincial administration organisation was asked to build temporary raised walkways from all gates to hospital buildings.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lam Takhong canal, which runs from Lam Takhong dam in Si Khiu district, overflowed into communities along both sides and into Nakhon Ratchasima city, causing widespread havoc.

Mr Wichian said he believed the situation would return to normal in two to three days, provided that there was no more rain. He said Lam Takhong dam had stopped discharging water downstream.

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