Floods still worrisome in some provinces


MAE HONG SON, Aug 9 – Cracks and land subsidence on a mountainside in this mountainous province pose a threat to villages further down the slopes in Mae Hong Son while floodwaters continue moving south in some provinces.

Local authorities are preparing to evacuate residents of Baanhuaypho in Mae Sariang district in Mae Hong Son after a 300 metre crack, as well as land subsidence, were detected on the mountainside. Landslides could occur if there is more rain.

In Uttaradit, local residents in Phichai district are still using boats and many households remain on the roadsides as temporary shelter while waters of the Nan River are still flooding the area.

In Sukhothai, the flood situation is stable and is expected to recede in the next two days. Two more flood related deaths were reported here, raising the total death toll in the province to four.

In Phitsanulok’s Phrom Phiram district, flooding is still worrisome as about 2,000 households were forced to evacuate to higher ground and rain continues in the area.

In Nakhon Phanom, flooding is still critical as the water level in the Mekong River remains high, and has flooded homes and farmlands. Some roads are under one metre of water.

The disaster prevention and mitigation department reported the number of flood-related deaths stands at 20 with one person still missing.