Phitsanulok’s Bang Rakam still in critical floodstage


PHITSANULOK, Sept 26 — Five subdistricts in Phitsanulok’s Bang Rakam district are still battling Yom River floodwaters two metres above its river bank due to the high volume of waterflow coming from higher ground, in upstream districts. 

The flood situation in the northern province of Phitsanulok has gradually improved except in Bang Rakam district, which is the lowest area of the province.

The water level of Yom River behind the Bang Rakam district office is two metres above the river bank, due to waterflow from the provincial seat and Phrom Phiram districts accumulating in Bang Rakam.

Some 35 villages in five subdistricts–Chum Saeng Songkhram, Khui Muang, Tha Nang Ngam, Bang Rakam and Nong Kula–are still confronting the flood. Some residents have evacuated to higher ground such as on the roadside of Phitsanulok-Bang Rakam Road, and irrigation canals for fear that the water would continue to rise.

The Meteorological Department has warned that heavy rain is forecast this week.

In Prachin Buri, Governor Chittra Promchutima told reporters that the overall flood situation has improved as some areas have returned to normal, particularly at markets in the municipality where commuters can now travel normally.

The community’s old market was still flooded 80cm to one metre deep as it is low-lying.

However, the province is still on high alert and closely monitoring the situation because the weather forecast of more rain during the week.