Many provinces flooded after continued rain


BANGKOK, Sept 12 — Many provinces in Thailand have been flooded following days of rain as the agencies concerned were on high alert for possible forest runoff.

Heavy rain has raised the water level in canals to overflow, flooding homes at Ban Nong Kae in the  Uthai Thani provincial seat. The water level rose quickly to 50-60cm and continued rising. Some residents could not move their valuables to higher ground due to the flash flood.

The 2-3 day downpour flooded Trang’s provincial seat. Many residents are using boats instead of cars, particularly at Ban Huay Rieang, already affected by flooding three times this year. The road to the village was damaged. More than 500 rai of palm plantations and orchards were flooded.

Ranong is still affected by high waves and strong winds, with continuing rain. Suk Samran district recorded 121.5mm of rainfall. The agencies concerned are closely watching the situation in readiness for forest runoff.

In the capital,  Bangkok municipality authorities reported water clogged areas after heavy overnight rain. The authorities drained floodwaters from many main roads, but some parts of Sukhumvit and Rama IV Road that were still inundated due to the volume of rainfall.

There is a 70 per cent chance for more rain in Bangkok and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has prepared pumps and work crews to promptly response the situation.