Flood situation in Chantaburi still critical

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CHANTHABURI, July 24 — The flood situation in Thailand’s eastern province of Chanthaburi is still critical as the water level in some areas has reached more than one metre high as high tides slow the runoff of water to the sea, with 14 schools forced to close.

Although the rain has stopped, many areas in the province remain under more than one metre of water, particularly in Trok Nong subdistrict of Khlung district.

The vicinity of the provincial seat has a half metre inundation. Some low-lying locations received runoff from Kham district.

The high tide caused water from the Chanthaburi River to overflow into the community, and residents built a sandbag dyke to prevent flooding.

The water level at  Phra Pok Klao Hospital has slightly receded, and ambulances can now enter the hospital complex.

However, the Chanthaburi Education Service Area Office ordered 14 schools in the province to close temporarily due the the flood.

Meanwhile, in the southern province of Ranong, continuous rain for many days has caused a one metre deep 50-metre long subsidence of Phetkasem Road at Thabchaiya School in La-un district.

In Satun’s La-ngu district, a storm hit three villages, damaging more than 10 homes but no one was hurt.

The Meteorological Department has warned of heavy to very heavy continuous rain countrywide today. Residents of Nakhon Ratchasima, Sa Keao, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong and Phang-nga are especially warned of the severe conditions.

Strong winds and 2-3 metre high waves are likely in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. All ships should proceed with caution and small boats keep ashore.

However, tomorrow and Friday, the monsoon trough and the southwest monsoon will weaken, with decreasing rainfall expected over Thailand.