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By THE NATION

 

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BANGKOK: -- AS THE weather bureau yesterday warned of heavy rains in upper Thailand, various provinces reported flooding and officials were told to monitor the situation in at-risk areas.

 

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said overnight rains had caused flooding at 25 areas but thanks to BMA officials’ efficiency, flooding in every area was cleared before the morning rush hour began at 7am yesterday, except at Sukhumvit Soi 26, which was resolved by 8.30am. “I’ve instructed BMA officials since early this year to make preparations to deal with flooding during the rainy season by draining sewers and increasing our water pumps’ capacity,” Aswin posted on Facebook. 

 

In Uttaradit’s Thong Saen Khan district, 200 homes in eight villages of Tambon Namphee were affected by flash floods and 2,000 families were told to move belongings to higher ground and evacuate the elderly and children as a precaution, said Tambon Namphee Administrative Organisation vice president Pisit Wongthong yesterday.

 

In Khamphaeng Phetch’s Pran Kratai district, many homes, shops and roads were under 30-centimetre-deep flooding yesterday but no casualties were reported.

 

Heavy downpours on Tuesday night and yesterday morning left at least five tambons in Phitsanulok’s Wat Bot district flooded. Mountain run-off inundated homes and farmland in Hin Lad, Khan Chong, Tha Ngam, Ban Yang and Tortae and the rain was still continuing yesterday. 

 

At the Ban Tha Kaeng riverside attraction in Ban Yang, four floating bamboo pavilions sunk in the rising Lam Kwai Noi River, prompting residents to beach the other 19 floating pavilions on shore. Wat Bot district chief Suwit Suriyawong later inspected flood damage and said the situation would be resolved quickly because the problem was flash flooding. Nakhon Thai and Chat Trakan districts were also placed on flood watch due to heavy rains.

 

In the North, Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket district chief Wichit Langsan ordered all tambons to be vigilant for flash floods, especially Pa Miang, Thep Sadet, Cherng Doi and Loung Nua, which had been hit by the overflowing Mae Koung River on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Doi Inthanon National Park head Wutthipong Dongkhamfoo said two days of downpours had caused mountain runoff to pour into the Mae Klang and Mae Ya falls, prompting officials to close the two attractions until further notice for tourists’ safety.

 

In Loei, torrential rains on Tuesday night caused 50cm-deep flooding on various roads in Wang Saphung district, while a 200-metre road section to Ban Na Paen and Ban Lert in Tambon Srithan of Phu Kradueng district were made impassable.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30315529

 
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"monitoring" yes that will really help...............this year has been VERY wet by me in Prachuap, the driest area of Thailand, suspect there  will be  a lot of flooding this year if it continues..................cue the govt being "surprised"

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Was it not recently reported, water management under control?

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7 minutes ago, pentap said:

Was it not recently reported, water management under control?

Yes, but then it rained. 

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Pretty sure just a week or two ago some Somchai said the rain season wasn't going to be bad this year.

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Its not flooding....its just
"water waiting to drain"

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34 minutes ago, johng said:

Its not flooding....its just
"water waiting to drain"

should just say the drought has broken thanks to all the rain seeding. can put a more positive spin on it.

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43 minutes ago, johng said:

Its not flooding....its just
"water waiting to drain"

Yes, I suppose it is.

Just as 'fail to remember' means forgot.:laugh:

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1 hour ago, pentap said:

Was it not recently reported, water management under control?

they have ordered 10million plastic buckets from china at the giveaway price of 1,000bht.each.

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Rained pretty good here in Rayong. Thunder storms and a all day rain with wind. Measured 5 inches in my home made rain gauge. Haven't seen any flooding.

 

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i expected an early start to the rainy season after the super heated dry hell caused by El nino last year,looks like it has started,  "strong south west monsoon" said the Thai gov weather web site.

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