Heavy rain, flooding in Surat Thani

Heavy rain, flooding in Surat Thani

Soldiers and defence volunteers stand ready to help residents move their belongings to high ground at flooded Moo 1 village in tambon Sap Thawi in Ban Na Doem district, Surat Thani province, on Monday night. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)
Soldiers and defence volunteers stand ready to help residents move their belongings to high ground at flooded Moo 1 village in tambon Sap Thawi in Ban Na Doem district, Surat Thani province, on Monday night. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: Military and civilian teams helped people move their possessions to higher ground after villages in three districts were hit by flash floods caused by heavy rain on Monday night.

The relief operation, led by governor Wichawut Jinto and Chamnong Sawatwong, chief of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office, involved territorial defence volunteers, soldiers from Infantry Company 25 and disaster relief officials.

At Moo 1 village in tambon Sap Thawi in Ban Na Doem district, soldiers helped residents move their belongings to high ground in heavy rain.

Residents were evacuated from Moo 7, 9 and 11 villages in tambon Phuang Phrom Khon in Khian Sa district, where the water level rose quickly, flooding about 120 households. 

A vehicle of the Zone 11 Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office was used as a mobile kitchen at Moo 11 village, preparing food boxes for distribution to affected residents.

About 100 houses and Ban Huay Mud School at Moo 1 village in tambon Aranramwari, Khian Sa district, were flooded.

The Khian Sa - Phra Seng road was under water and impassable to all vehicles.

In Ban Nasan district, a bridge on the road linking Moo 5 village in tambon Thung Tao Mai and Moo 3 village in tambon Thung Tao was damaged and the road was closed. 

The governor said a central shelter for flood-hit villagers would be set up at Ban Sai Ngam School in tambon Tha Kham, Phun Phin district.

The provincial irrigation office had been instructed to install propellers at the bridges across Tapi and Phun Phin canals on Highway 420 to help push water from the Tapi river into the sea, he said.

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