Body of 3rd family member recovered after drowning in Nakhon Si Thammarat flash flood


NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, May 7 – The body of a four-year-old boy was found in this southern province after he was carried away and drowned in a flash flood while swimming Sunday with his father and brother at a Tha Sala district waterfall.

The family of four—the parents and their two sons—were visiting relatives Friday. Thirty-five year-old Damrong Kaewpradab and four and six year old sons, Kittikorn and Kittiwin, were swept away and lost in the raging floodwaters. Kittikorn’s body was discovered today about 400 metres from where the bodies of his father and brother were found Sunday night. The mother was unharmed.

Meanwhile, in Thailand’s northeast, thunderstorms have hit in many provinces, particularly Si Sa Ket and Maha Sarakham.

In Si Sa Ket’s Kantaralak district, 10 homes lost their roofs, carried away by strong winds, and 100 rubber trees were destroyed. Local officials inspected the damaged areas and will provide assistance to residents.

In Maha Sarakham province, over 500 homes and a number of university buildings were affected by rainstorms in Kantharawichai, Wapi Pathum, Borabue, Kosum Phisai, and Na Chueak districts. The local disaster response service provided aid to 60 households in Kantharawichai district, and those affected in four other districts are also being helped.

Meanwhile, three days of continued heavy rainfall hit Lampang province in the north, flooding several main roads in the provincial seat and some homes near flooded roadways.

Flash floods emerged from the forest near the local tourist attraction of Doi Phra Bat is located, flooding roads as deep as 40cm, impassable for small vehicles should there be continuous rainfalls. The local municipality is installing pumps to move water to the Wang River.

The Meteorological Department on Monday warned residents in at risk areas of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phare, Uttraradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Phitsanulok, Kamphang Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun to beware of flooding conditions today and tomorrow.

Southwesterly winds prevail over Thailand and a low pressure cell covers the lower north. Torrential rainfall is expected over western and eastern parts of the country, while the North  faces isolated heavy to very heavy rain.