Heavy rains pound Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani

Heavy rains pound Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani

Water levels have risen sharply in Pak Phanang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province.
Water levels have risen sharply in Pak Phanang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

Strong winds, forest runoff and heavy downpours wrought havoc in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Saturday, causing power transformers to explode in several areas.

Flooodwalls are reinforced in Pak Phanang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Saturday. (Photo by Nucharee Rakrun)

Hours of heavy rain left parts of Muang district under water, forcing local residents to rush to move their belongings to higher floors.

Conditions began to ease after officials and volunteers drained water from some flooded parts of the town, said Chatchai Promlert, the head of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

However, Jetsada Wattananurak, head of the department's provincial office, cautioned residents living in areas prone to flooding and mudslides to closely monitor water levels and accumulated rainfall.

High seas also pounded the coast of Pak Phanang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat after four hours of downpours as local residents worked to reinforce floodwalls.

Authorities warned local residents living in at-risk areas to brace for possible forest runoff and mudslides in districts including Lan Saka and Phipun.

Trawlers lie at anchor at a port in Muang district of Songkhla to avoid rough seas and heavy rains in the Gulf of Thailand. (Photo by Wichayan Boonchote)

Pattani was also hard hit, especially in Muang district which recorded the heaviest rainfall in the province, according to the department.

It said 214.9 millimetres of rain fell on the district, prompting officials and volunteers to drain the water to the Pattani River.

Rains and rough seas were reported as well in neighbouring Surat Thani province including Koh Samui and Koh Phangan districts.

Thanakorn Trabunphreuk, chief of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office in the province, urged ferry operators from the mainland to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan to take extreme caution.

He declared a high alert for Kanchanadit, Don Sak, Ban Na San and Wieng Sa districts for possible water runoff from mountains in Krabi and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Rain was also steady but light in Ranong, Phatthalung, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Chumphon, Satun and Songkhla but there were no reports of flooding.

Songkhla has banned swimming on Samila beach in Muang district this weekend as strong waves gathered pace in the Gulf of Thailand.

Rough weather conditions forced fishing trawlers to return to the shore for safety in all coastal provinces.

All southern provinces have been placed on full alert until Monday as the low-pressure system moves in over the Gulf of Thailand and the lower South.


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