Flash floods hit northern province

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PHISANULOK, May 30 — Flash flooding hit many areas in Phisanulok’s Noen Maprang district on Monday, damaging houses and forcing a school to close temporarily.

Overnight rainfall, measuring 140mm, resulted in torrential runoff on forested mountainsides, flooding homes in the foothills and numbers of villagers could not move their belongings to higher ground in time.

Some areas are under one metre of water and local residents were forced to use boats for transport, while local authorities used flat-bottomed boats to bring aid to the villagers. Baan Nam Pad School was temporarily closed until the flood water recedes.

Meanwhile, in Nakhon Sawan, five hours of heavy rain flooded many areas, including the provincial bus terminal.

The metrological department reported a monsoon trough across the North, the Central and lower Northeastern regions, and warned residents of scattered rain, heavy rainfall and possible flash floods. (MCOT online news)