Floods continue in northern provinces; more rain forecast


BANGKOK, Sept 1 —  Thailand’s Meteorological Department has issued rain warnings to residents in the northern, northeastern and eastern regions from Thursday through Saturday as many provinces are still confront severe floods.

Flash flood warnings have been issued in Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Phitsanulok.

In the northern province of Uttaradit, village chiefs and officials inspected damage and offered assistance to villagers in Laplae district’s Dan Mae Kham Man subdistrict yesterday, after forest runoff had inundated more than 20 homes Saturday night.

Many villagers lost their valuables due to the rapid runoff.

Local officials said more than 1,000 rai of farmland in five villages in the subdistrict were also affected by floods.

In the northernmost province of Chiang Rai, officials continued searching for a school director in Phaya Mengrai district who had been swept away by forest runoff last Friday.

More than 300 houses in Phaya Mengrai and Mae Pao district were now severely flooded, the officials said.

In the northern province of Phichit, forest runoff from the Phetchabun mountain range, induced by heavy rains, inundated several houses in a village in Tap Khlo district.

Provincial workers were deployed to pump floodwater from the village.