AS HEAVY RAINS brought by tropical storm “Rai” persisted over the upper part of Thailand yesterday, many homes and tracts of farmland in downstream provinces were flooded by runoff.
Phitsanulok ordered all scenic waterfalls linked to the Wang Thong River to be closed to visitors as a safety precaution as waters became torrential and the river continued to rise fast.
Overflow from the Wang Thong River also hit farmland and riverside homes in Tambon Chainam as well as covering a one-kilometre section of the main road to Ban Noen Klee Moo 7.
Officials with flat-bottomed boats went to the aid of around 300 families in the area, while sandbag barriers were built to protect Wang Thong municipal market and other locations.
Classroom activities are set to resume today following a clean-up operation at previously flooded Pluak Ngam Temple in Noen Maprang district.
Meanwhile, Phisanulok residents were bracing for more runoff in the Yom River from upstream provinces Phrae and Sukhothai that might lead to floods in Phrom Phiram and Bang Rakham districts this morning, said provincial disaster prevention head Ratiros Meekhamhaeng.
A flood caused by runoff from a forest hit 90 homes in Tambon Thung Yang-Phai Lom of Uttaradit’s Laplae district, while 200 families in nearby villages were urged to move belongings to higher ground as rain continued to fall.
A 3,500-strong scout assembly in Muang district moved to another camping ground as a precaution.
In Phichit’s Thab Khlo district, the Tambon Thab Khlo Municipality area was flooded by river overflows affecting 30 homes, while farmers in Muang district frantically pumped water out of rice fields for fear their three-week-old paddies would be ruined by the rains affecting 90 per cent of the province.
In the Northeast, a one-metre-deep flood in Tambon Ban Ped of Khon Kaen’s Muang district, where the Khon Kahe School of the Blind and Piman Place Housing Estate are located, yesterday prompted officials to pick up blind students in boats and transport them to study at other schools.
More than 400 homes in the municipality area of Loei’s Dan Sai district were under floodwaters. Two schools were closed as the rain continued and runoffs continued to pour in yesterday.
In Ubon Ratchathani’s Muang district, riverside residents moved belongings to high ground as the Mul River rose to 5.42 metres and continuing to swell.
Since Wednesday night, overflows continued to hit the Wang Daeng Community, with many residents evacuated to a temporary shelter yesterday.
With the Nong Han Lake brimming, officials in Sakhon Nakhon’s Phone Na Kaew district opened all outlets of the Surassawadi sluice gate to release water in anticipation of more rainfall and runoff from the Phu Phan mountain range.
In the North, soldiers helped 200 families in Lampang’s Hang Chat and Koh Kha districts to clear |their homes hit by runoff from Doi |Khun Tan National Park on Wednesday.