By Thai Newsroom Reporters
ALL NINE DISTRICTS of Sukhothai are critically affected by flash floods due to torrential rain and an overflowing river, officials said today (Oct.2).
An estimated 1,365 households in low-lying terrains in 165 villages throughout Sukhothai are being evacuated, following the weekend’s torrential rain and Yom River overflowing from northern provinces down to the upper central one.
The excessive waters inundating the nine districts were reportedly running at 474 cubic centimetres per second whilst many of the villagers were scrambling to relocate to higher ground.
Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, a native of Sukhothai, has instructed the authorities to speed up relief measures for flood victims in all the inundated districts of the upper central province.
More torrential rain is speculated to cause flash floods over the central region’s low-lying terrains including those along Chao Phraya River, the country’s largest, and others during the current monsoon season.
Several central provinces lying on either side of Chao Phraya River ranging from Nakhon Sawan, Chainart, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi to Bangkok’s northern outskirts are expected to be considerably affected by flooding later this month, the officials said.
The authorities have been instructed to stay alert around the clock for possible flash floods and excessive rainwaters whilst relief measures are yet to be readily prepared.
People in Sukhothai coping with the flash floods. All photos: Naewna