Flash floods batter North and Northeast, rainfall set to subside

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BANGKOK, 10 September 2012  – The Meteorological Department has reported that torrential rains in the North and Northeast are set to subside today, offering reprieve for several provinces recently affected by flash floods and landslides. 

The weather bureau announced that both the monsoon trough covering the Upper North and Northeast and the southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are now weakening. As a result, only scattered showers may be experienced in the North, mainly in the provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Phayao and Tak, while less precipitation will be seen elsewhere during this period.

In Sukhothai province, flood waters from the Yom River have reportedly rushed through its provincial hall and city centers, rising to over 1 meter high. Provincial authorities have had to assist residents in emergency evacuation. The initial damage estimate has already been set at 100 million baht.

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Correspondent : Orapa Chueyprasit

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