THE impact of tropical storm Dianmu has led to heavy flooding in many provinces with Nakhon Ratchasima, or Korat, hit by its heaviest inundation in 50 years and people panicking after 22 villages were cut off, Thai Rath newspaper said today (Sept. 26).
The people in this province urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan–cha who is currently visiting Sukhothai province which too is badly flooded to also come and help them.
Forest runoff flooded a four-kilometre stretch of a road between Ban Wang Pong in Dan Khun Thot district and Ban Nong Waeng in Thepharak district leading to 22 villages being cut off.
The forest runoff from Phang Hoei Mountain Range in Chaiyaphum province is gushing violently with large waves forming and the mass of water stretches as far as the eye can see.
Villagers here said they had never seen this large mass of water for the past 50 years. It is flowing into Lam Chiang Krai Reservoir but this has reached 117 percent capacity and is overflowing.
Mrs. Yalada Wangsupakijkosol, chairman of the Provincial Administration Organisation, said residents in over 10 districts and 20 subdistricts are suffering particularly those in Dan Khun Thot, Non Thai and Non Sung districts.
Sukhothai is still in critical condition with a five-kilometre stretch of Jarot Withithong Road in the city flooded and the water a metre high in front of Sukhothai Hospital.
Rescuers with difficulty managed to take the body of a young man who got electrocuted at the hospital to the temple for funeral rites.
Meanwhile the Thai Meteorological Department forecast continuous rain with isolated heavy to very heavy downpour over the country during September 27 to October 2.
Currently a monsoon trough lies across the lower North, the Central and the lower Northeast regions with there also being a low-pressure cell over the Central region.
Moreover a monsoon trough will be moving down and covering lower lower Central, the East and the South while a southwesterly monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand throughout the period.
Up to 60-80 percent of Bangkok faces thunderstorms today and tomorrow and 40 to 60 percent of the area from Tuesday to Saturday October 2.
Top and below: Severe flood in Korat.
Home Page: Sukhothai is also badly inundated. Photos: Thai Rath