Phisanulok hard hit by renewed flooding

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PHITSANULOK, Aug 31 – The northern province of Phisanulok has been hit by a new round of floods, leading the authorities to tighten security to prevent looting.

Local residents in Bang Rakam district still dealing with an ongoing flood condition had their problems intensified as new floodwaters as high as two metres swept into provincial seat from the overflowing Yom River, flooding a wider expanse of low-lying areas.

The flooding in Bang Rakam district covered 11 sub-districts and over 100 families were evacuated to higher ground at local roadsides.

Governor Preecha Ruengchan ordered police to provide security at deserted houses in the provincial seat, as well as Bang Rakam and Phrom Phiram districts, to prevent looting.

Heavy rain and northern run-off will aggravate flooding while a special centre to handle flood problems has been set up at the city hall and mobile medical units have been sent to flood-hit areas.

Meanwhile, the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat released more water causing the river to overflow its banks in Sing Buri’s In Buri district.

Governor Pichet Piboonsiri and the provincial authorities informed the public to monitor the situation closely and prepare for possible evacuation.

In Ayutthaya, the Chao Phraya River flooded a 100-year-old market in Phak Hai district, affecting about 200 households.