Thailand’s South hit by severe rainfall, flooding, water runoff


SURAT THANI, Dec 25 – More than 200 homes in Kanchanadit district in this southern province are cut off from the outside world after a 60-metre bridge was destroyed by logs carried down with water runoff from two highland national parks.

Two consecutive days of downpours have caused a substantial waterflow from Tai Rom Yen and Namtok Sikeed national parks into Klong Kram, a major canal in Kanchanadit district.

Rescue workers were immediately sent to the scene but their relief mission was called off as dusk fell. They are scheduled to resume work today.

There were no reports of death or injury as of yesterday.

Provincial authorities said the bridge was reconstructed after it was destroyed by similar rainfall runoff two years ago. Construction was finished only four days ago.

In nearby Nakhon Si Thammarat province,  runoff from Khao Luang mountain in Sichon district damaged three makeshift bridges linking three villages, cutting communication with hundreds of households.

It has rained for the last three days and several canals overflowed in Surat Thani town and Ronpiboon district.

The provincial disaster service has warned residents in risk prone areas to be on alert for possible landslides or soil slippage due to excessive water in hillsides and sloping areas.