By Thai Newsroom Reporters
FLASH FLOODS have claimed five fatalities in the upper central province of Sukhothai so far, officials said today (Oct.7).
The five unnamed villagers of Sukhothai were reportedly killed due to the flash floods primarily caused by rainstorms and the overflowing Yom River during an early period of a monsoon season.
Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, a native of Sukhothai, scrambled to visit his home province and grant 80,000 baht in relief aid to each of the deceased flood victims’ families.
Somsak also distributed 2,000 bags of relief items to flood victims in the capital district and Sri Samrong district.
An estimated 16,000 households and their farmlands in low-lying terrains of all nine districts of the upper central province have been considerably affected and damaged by torrential rain and flash floods since last week.
More heavy downpour and flash floods are anticipated throughout this month, prompting the authorities to take contingency measures to contain losses and damage in the low-lying areas.
A substantial volume of water in Yom River is being released daily to surrounding canals and waterways as more excessive rainwater is expected to come down from mountainous areas.
Heavy flooding in Sukhothai on Monday, Oct. 2,2023. Photos: Naewna