Forest runoff inundates Phitsanulok’s Wang Thong district


PHITSANULOK, Sept 30 — Forest runoff from the Phetchabun mountains has inundated Phitsanulok’s Wang Thong district while Prachin Buri remains critical as many government offices have to move equipment and documents to higher levels.

Eight Phitsanulok districts were severely flooded with no sign of easing while forest runoff from the Phetchabun mountains overflowed the makeshift dyke along the Wang Thong River to flood homes and farms in Wang Thong district.

More than one kilometre of the Wang Pikul-Wang Thong Road was submerged and vehicles could not pass, with only boats being usable transport.

Local officials urged the public to remain alert as the province was one of 13 provinces warned by the Meteorological Department to brace for heavy rain.

In Prachin Buri, many municipality roads were impassable due to the high water. Some areas were under 60cm of water because of the overnight rain.

Rainfall increase the water level in the Prachin Buri River and flooded the municipality office and other government offices. Government staff workers move office equipment and documents to higher ground.

In Ubon Ratchathani, 23 of 25 districts were named disaster areas from the flood, and more than 9,620 residents from 2,632 households were evacuated.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was scheduled to inspect the flood situation in Warin Chamrap district this afternoon.