Flooding continues in many provinces

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MAE HONG SON, Aug 7 – Flooding has persists in many provinces while a search is ongoing to find a missing person in flood and landslide in Mae Hong Son.

Army rangers and officials of the Salawin National Park are searching for a missing person due to flood and landslide in Mae Hong Son’s Sop Moei district. They conducted a search on foot as heavy machinery cannot be transported into the area.

For rehabilitation, local people are moving their belongings from a temporary shelter at a temple back to their home. Flood relief supplies, dried foods and medicine have been distributed to flood victims by local authorities.

Flooding caused damage to several houses at Banmaelamaluang and Banlaoon temporary shelters for displaced persons. However, there were no reports of injuries or deaths.

In Phichit’s Pho Thale district, the water level in the Yom River has been increasing continuously. Farmers in the area were forced to harvest rice before it was damaged by floods.

In Lamphun, floodwaters have started to recede but villagers still cannot yet return to their houses. The stalled water is turning noxious and some people are suffering from athlete’s foot fungal infections.

In Chiang Mai’s San Sai district, many areas are still under floods almost one metre deep. The water is becoming stagnant, and a lot of fish were dying off. Many villagers’ belongings– mostly electric appliances– have been damaged by flooding.

In the Northeast, although the situation has returned to normal in many provinces, in Nakhon Phanom’s Tha Uthen district floodwaters are still high, with houses and a temple are under water. Local residents here are forced to travel by boat.

Mudslide and felled trees have blocked a road in Nan’s Tha Wang Pha district and cut off six villages from outside access. Local authorities and soldiers are working to open the road. Meanwhile, flooding in some areas is still as deep as two metres.

In Phisanulok, flooding continues as deep as three metres in some areas and has caused extensive damage, which is considered the most severe in ten years. Flood waters cannot be released into the Nan River, which is still at a critical level.

In Ayutthaya, three districts were declared disaster zones after the water in the Chao Phraya River overflowed its banks. A budget has been allocated to prevent further flooding, which poses a threat to historical sites along the river.