THAILAND’S Meteorological Department has predicted more rainfall in 13 northern provinces over the next few days after several were inundated by severe floods that have killed one and displaced thousands of others.
The public was told to brace for isolated rainfalls brought by the monsoon trough lying across Myanmar, the upper North of Thailand and Laos, the Bangkok Post reported.
The affected provinces include Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, and Phetchabun.
After being declared a disaster area, the Nan province appears to be getting some respite from the floods, but the situation in its Wiang Sa district has reportedly worsened.
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According to Thai PBS, the floods in the district have damaged over 1,000 houses. The authorities have also made repeated calls for residents to move their valuables to higher ground.
The on-going floods in the Nan province has also been described as the worst seen in over a decade.
On Tuesday, officers in Nan declared six districts namely Muang, Phu, Phiang, Tha Wang Pha, Pua Santisik and Chalerm Prakiat, as disaster zones.
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Nan governor Suwat Phromsuwanm had also ordered the implementation of emergency flood relief plans due to the then-worsening situation.
The floods in Nan also claimed the life of 49-year-old Prasit Wangsan in Nan’s Pua district and swept away farm animals. Thousands of residents were also evacuated from the flood-hit areas.
Residents of a village in the Mae Hong Son province reportedly plead with the authorities to move their village out of areas prone to being hit by flash floods.
The plea was made after severe flooding in Mae Hong Son’s Pang Ma Pha and Pai districts on Friday night.
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Mae Na village headman Prapan Thanapongchote, 50, said over 170 residents in his village were distraught by the flash floods on Saturday.
“We want help to move out of here. Authorities should help relocate our village to a safer place. Every time it rains, we cant’s sleep,” Prapan was quoted as saying in the Bangkok Post.
The flash floods in the Pai district, where the village was located, had waterlogged homes, guesthouses, and farmlands, and damaged a bridge.