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Flooding hits Rayong, plus Chiang Rai and Trang

Mountain run-off raced through several communities in Rayong's Muang district early yesterday, disrupting the lives of more than 3,000 people. "The damage is huge as the locals didn't expect the flashfloods," Chawalit Nitornrat, the provincial disaster chief said.

Floodwater was still 20-40 centimetres high on local roads, making them impassable for small cars.

Mudslides toppled at least three power poles, knocking out electricity to more than 200 homes.

Paiboon Iamsuwan, provincial weather chief, urged residents to closely follow weather reports.

"Watch out for possible landslides and flash floods," he said.

Floods also hit other provinces. In Chiang Rai, more than 80 houses and a school were hit. In Trang, a partly damaged breakwater was blamed for flooding 20 homes at a seaside village.

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