Flood recedes in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai

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CHIANG RAI, 5 August 2015 – Floods in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province and Myanmar’s Tachileik province have receded, but Mae Sai municipality remains on high alert.

Businesses on both sides of the Thailand-Myanmar border carried out clean-up operations in marketplaces today, after a flash flood muddied more than 200 outlets yesterday. Affected businesses were forced to close their shops temporarily. Trade activities are expected to resume in the afternoon.

Despite floodwaters receding, the Mae Sai district municipality has yet to remove flood walls, warning the locals to stay vigilant. Continued rainfall and high water levels in the Sai River have prompted fears of more flash floods.

In the northeastern province of Nong Khai, water levels in the Mekong River have risen by 84 cm, an annual high of nine meters. Consistent rainfall is likely to raise water levels further.