Friday, July 28, 2017

7/28/2017 04:23:00 PM
Sukhothai governor today (July 28) reported heavy flooding in

 the province after the Yom River overflowed and swept away

 sandbag embankment they hastily set up to prevent the town

 from overflowing water.

The Yom river began to overflow and wash away sandbags at five locations of the embankment at about 5.30 pm yesterday, said Sukhothai governor Piti Kaewsalapsee.

The water then quickly flowed into Sukhothai municipal area and inudating commercial and residential areas of the town.

Authorities and volunteers were rushed to mend the damaged embankment and use pumps to drain out the water.

As the town remained submerged, there was growing concern that more water from upstream Phrae province will flow down and would add more trouble to the townspeople today.

The governor and his assistant were at the damaged embankment at Wat Thaimongkol to supervise the repair and monitor the rising water level closely.

Deputy director general of the Royal Irrigation Department Thongplaew Klongchan said irrigation authorities were trying to divert floodwater from Phrae to Thung Thalae Luang and Had Saphanchan bridge to prevent Sukhothai from taking more water from Phrae.

Authorities were controlling the water flow to Sukhothai to no more than 500 cubic metres per second to save the town from further damages.

In Nakhon Sawan, floodings are reported in Tha Taka district after the Klong Luo canal overflows and submerges several houses.


Flood level was reported to be 30 centimetres to one metres high in the district and residents were forced to evacuate. Some residents were forced to leave their belongings under water when they could not evacuate in time.

A resident Charleo Romramduan said the water came so swiftly before dawn today and within less than an hour, his house was under a metre deep water.

In Phichit, the old Asian highway was flooded by water flowing down from Phetchabun mountain. More than 30 houses and temples in Tambon Khao Jetlook and Tambon Khaisai in Thabklor district were also submerged. A main road in the areas is also under 10-20 centimetres of water

In the Northeast, authorities said provinces affected by floodings are Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Si Sa Ket, and Ubon Ratchathani.

A school is inundated by flooding which overflowed the nearby Klong Chompoo in Noen Maprang district, Phitsanulok.

In Khon Kaen, soldiers from Sri Patcharin camp evacuated more than 100 blind students at Khon Kaen School for the Blind by boats to safer area after their school was under 1.5 metres deep of flood.

In Udon Thani, irrigation officials were speedily installed more pumps to drain water from Lam Huayluang to the Mekong river.

Credits: BKK


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