11 July 2024

Workers using tractors were working hard this morning (Sunday) to clear mudslides and fallen trees blocking Highway 11 to the northern region in Na Yang sub-district of Phichai district of Uttaradit province.

Motorists traveling to northern provinces from Uttaradit have been advised to use alternative routes, as Highway 11 remains closed following heavy rain last night.

In another northern province, Phichit, over 200 households in the Thap Klor sub-district municipal area have been flooded by runoffs from the Phetchabun mountain range.

In Lampang province, the Hang Chat-Koh Ka road and several communities in Hang Chat and Ko Kha districts are flooded today, by overflows of Mae Tarn creek, while over 120 households in Mae Phrik district are also under water after a swollen stream breached its banks.

Meanwhile, Chai Badan district of Lop Buri province reported its first flood of the year early this morning, with the level of the water steadily rising to about one metre in some low-lying areas.

Local officials said that the flooding was caused by overflows from the Lam Sonthi canal and increased water discharge from the Kud Ta Petch reservoir.

A resident of Nong Ree sub-district in Lam Sonthi district said that either the Royal Irrigation Department or the Marine Department should dredge the canal, so it can hold more water and prevent overflows.

In the north-eastern province of Chaiyaphum, train services between Kaeng Khoi and Bua Yai have been suspended temporarily, pending repairs, after about 50 metres of the track became submerged and several railway sleepers became dislodged.

One fully-loaded pick-up truck was swept off a road by strong currents into a ditch in Ban Khwao district. The driver was rescued by local villagers.

A local official said that it was the second flood in Muang district this year, as they blamed excess water being discharged from the Lam Prathao and Huay Yang Pa reservoirs.

Wang Sa Phung and Muang districts of the north-eastern province are also flooded, with residents in Ban Na Bon, Chaiyapruek sub-district, complaining that this is the third flood of the year.

Over 800 hectares of rice fields in Kham Khuean Kaeo district of Yasothon are submerged and the road linking the district with Amnat Charoen province has been closed to all traffic, as more than 4km of the road is heavily flooded.