Authorities rescue people, patients stranded in flash floods in Kamphaeng Phet

national May 18, 2017 09:48

By The Nation

Authorities rushed to rescue people stranded on a road and patients of a district hospital after flash floods hit a district in Kamphaeng Phet province late on Wednesday night.



Twitter messages from rescuers in Kamphaeng Phet alerted that flash floods had hit the Phran Kratai district hospital and the main road near it at 10.20pm.

At 2am, provincial officials, troops, police and rescuers from the Kamphaeng Phet Thammasathan Foundation joined hands to rescue the stranded people and patients.

They rescued some 10 people in five vehicles stranded in 70 centimetres deep water on the Kamphaeng Phet-Sukhothai Road.

The hospital was also inundated in 50cm deep water. Authorities evacuated some 50 patients and transferred them to Lan Krabua Hospital, Sai Ngam Hospital and the Kamphaeng Phet Hospital.

The flash floods followed four days of rains, which caused flooding in four villages – Ban Nong Thong, Ban Mai Pho Pattana, Ban Nong Takla and Ban Bophong – and inundated the downtown area of Tambon Phran Kratai Municipality.

By late morning on Thursday, the flood waters had subsided.

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