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Flood critical in Nakhon Ratchasima and other provinces

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: -- The northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima declared today that 14 of its 20 districts affected by floods are disaster zones.

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Rapee Pongbuppakit convened an urgent meeting to respond the flood problem.

Rescue workers rowed flat-bottomed boats with difficulty to evacuate local residents trapped in their homes in Nongsarai community of Pak Chong district since Saturday.

Flooding in Pak Chong district is still critical as floodwater levels have continued to increase and numbers of families remain stranded as multiple roads are heavily flooded, particularly the roadway outside Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate under 1.5 metres of floodwater. The authorities said that workers cannot leave their factories.

A one kilometre portion of railway track has been under water in Pak Chong district halting railway service temporarily, leaving a number of passengers stranded. Meanwhile, reservoirs in the provinces are filled close to critical levels.

Forest run-off from the Phanom Dongrak mountain range flooded homes along the Thai-Cambodian border in Phusing district in the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket, along with 52,000 acres of farmland.

In Kantharalak district, volunteers erected make-shift tents for flood victims after their homes were flooded. Drinking water has been distributed to the displaced victims.

Border trade in Sa Kaeo has been paralysed due to flooding in Thailand’s Arunyaprathet and Cambodia’s Poipet.

Thai trucks carrying goods have been halted at border because warehouses in Cambodia are flooded, leaving no place to store transit cargoes.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva warned local residents to beware of flash flood and ordered civil servants to assist local residents in Nakhon Ratchasima, the province hardest hit by floods.

Ministry of Public Health mobile medical units are treating flood victims and distributing basic medicines, while hospitals in flood-stricken areas must be prepared for emergencies around the clock. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2010-10-18

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A lot of roads are washed out here in Korat. I saw many homeowners off Mittraphap Road flooded out and having to evacuate their homes. Many roads and highways are flooded, check with the roads department before heading out.The army is helping out with sandbags. It is unfortunate that the infrastructure cannot handle the heavy rain run off. Hopefully some money will be spent where it is needed.

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Nakhon Ratchasima still faces severe flooding; Maharaj Hospital evacuates patients

BANGKOK, Oct 18 -- The northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima continues severely flood-impacted as the Lamtakong River flowing through the province has overflowed its banks and inundated areas along the river with some areas having water over 80cm deep.

The waters of the Lamtakong River flooded Maharaj Hospital to a depth of 60cm to the emergency room. The doctors, nurses and other medical staff urgently moved equipment and evacuated patients to upper floors.

The water level was increasing continuously with no sign of receding. Many patient families, physicians and nurses were stranded at the hostital.

Coordinating with Second Army Area Headquarters, the provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office and other agencies, the hospital is evacuating those who are stranded.

Kabinburi district of Prachinburi is also experiencing flooding, while the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace camp in that province has evacuated more than 100 elephants to higher ground after the waters of the Lop Buri river behind the camp overflowed.

National police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree has ordered provincial police chiefs of flood-affected provinces to coordinate with the Interior Ministry's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Interior Ministry to help the flood victims.

Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha also ordered agencies under Royal Thai Army to help flood victims.

The Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain and flash flood. In its latest advisory announcement, the department said torrential rain is likely over much of upper Thailand. Residents along hill slopes near waterways and in the lowlands of the lower Northeast, the Central and the East are warned of severe weather and possible flash floods.

Strong wind and waves remain in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, the weather service said, advising all ships to proceed with caution during this period. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2010-10-18

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4 missing, feared drowned in Nakhon Ratchasima floods

The Nakhon Ratchasima provincial administration reported Monday that four people have been unaccounted for since the province has been hit by severe floods since last week.

The four were swept by flood waters and were feared drowned.

One went missing in Sung None district, another in Pak Chong district and the two others in Dan Khun Thod district.

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-- The Nation 2010-10-18

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I was up in that area last Saturday. It rained hard and steady for many hours. We made it back to Bangkok without any trouble, but there sure was a lot of water everywhere.

My thoughts are with the people in the affected areas. As someone once said, "Fire and water make good servants but poor masters."

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Last Saturday night my girlfriend and I took the night train from Nong Khai back to Bangkok. Sometime before 3am, the train stopped somewhere a little south of Korat in nowhere land. Around 9:30am, some bright spark decided it might be a good idea to back the train up to Korat and let everyone get off.

At Korat they had buses waiting. The plan was to bus everyone to somewhere the other side of the flooding and put them back on a train. I said f that and told my gf to see if see could arrange for a car. She did and we left Korat and drove back to Bangkok. Had the water been a few inches deeper in spots it would not have been passable, and even then it was a close call. Any more rain, and I can see big(ger) problems in that area, and the flooding was extensive.

We made it to our condo around 12:30pm, probably before the buses even reached the next train :D

All things being considered, I think we were lucky.

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Sunday night coming back to BKK, parts of Highway 2 in Korat closed, need one hour to get out there.

This time about 6 points on the road floodet in and behind Korat.

One Point Highwatertourists block one row of the road, unbelieveable...

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Main bus station in completely under water.....Probably better off getting off at the Mall....

St.Mary's hospital car park is 2 metres deep now and alot of wrecked cars around...

It is really bad in the affected areas and looks like they are struggling to sort all the people out..

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Some photos of the flash flooding at Khao Yai, right next to Pak Chong. Apparently Khao Yai's been closed to tourists.

http://www.thairath.co.th/gallery/view/pol/2615

Seem to be quite a lot of places affected.

The Thai press is reporting that the Pasak river, which passes through Loie, Petchabun, Lopburi, Saburi and Auyuthaya before reaching the Jao Phraya river, is at its highest level in 30 years. People with homes on the river bank at Saburi and Lopburi had their homes flooded.

In Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaew, the water level's reported as being at its highest level for more than 10 years.

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Some photos of the flash flooding at Khao Yai, right next to Pak Chong. Apparently Khao Yai's been closed to tourists.

http://www.thairath....y/view/pol/2615

Seem to be quite a lot of places affected.

The Thai press is reporting that the Pasak river, which passes through Loie, Petchabun, Lopburi, Saburi and Auyuthaya before reaching the Jao Phraya river, is at its highest level in 30 years. People with homes on the river bank at Saburi and Lopburi had their homes flooded.

In Aranyliv aprathet, Sa Kaew, the water level's reported as being at its highest level for more than 10 years.

I live in Korat and if you are old enough to remember the song "Who'll stop the rain" Then you know what we are going thru.

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I live in korat last night i take my friend to go bus station, i did not know there was so much water, when we came close to the station i did see some houses where it was only possible to see the roof of the house, all trafic to the bus station are stop. the busstation have more than 70 cm of water. most cars and motor bike i did see was dead, i was driving a offroader so i did not have so many problem.

I wish all the best to all the poor people, with houses on low ground, because there home is gone, i hope the goverment will do something to help them.

My house is on high ground + 4 steps up to my home. tonight there is soppose to be comming alot more water, right now it is stilling raining alot neer sima thani hotel at mittaparp rd

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A lot of roads are washed out here in Korat. I saw many homeowners off Mittraphap Road flooded out and having to evacuate their homes. Many roads and highways are flooded, check with the roads department before heading out.The army is helping out with sandbags. It is unfortunate that the infrastructure cannot handle the heavy rain run off. Hopefully some money will be spent where it is needed.

When it rains hard enough the best infrastructure means nothing. Mothe nature just smiles at mans feeble attempts keeping her at bay

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A lot of roads are washed out here in Korat. I saw many homeowners off Mittraphap Road flooded out and having to evacuate their homes. Many roads and highways are flooded, check with the roads department before heading out.The army is helping out with sandbags. It is unfortunate that the infrastructure cannot handle the heavy rain run off. Hopefully some money will be spent where it is needed.

When it rains hard enough the best infrastructure means nothing. Mothe nature just smiles at mans feeble attempts keeping her at bay

Yes and it always amazes me why we we call them "her".?

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