New round of flood hits Nakhon Si Thammarat


NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Jan 15 – A new round oof floods triggered by incessant heavy rain hit some areas of the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Sunday.

Some flood-prone communities in Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality have been affected by the new round of the flooding due to two days of incessant downpours. Rising floodwater forced residents to move their belongings to higher ground.

On Sunday, rainfall continued in the Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality which was earlier hit by floodwaters on Jan 2-5.

Meanwhile, all municipal communities raised the red flag™ to warn residents to prepare for possible evacuation as water in several areas continued to rise.

In Phra Phrom district, inbound Nakhon Si Thammarat-Thung Song road is under water. The 50-centimetre-deep floodwater eroded some parts of the road, disrupting traffic. Local disaster prevention and mitigation officials blocked a section of damaged road for safety reasons.

In addition, forest runoff hit flood-prone Lan Saka and Sichon districts. However, the residents were on high alert for possible evacuations if the situation worsens.

In a related development, the Meteorological Department on Sunday issued a warning that the easterly wave remains across the Gulf and southern Thailand.

Fairly widespread rain is likely from Chumphon southward with isolated heavy to very heavy rain especially in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Satun, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat during 1-2 days. People in risky areas along foothills near waterways are warned of flash flood. Strong wind-waves in the Gulf of Thailand are expected at 2-3 meters high. All ships should proceed with caution and small boats stay ashore.