Girl, 10, swept away in Thailand floods

Girl, 10, swept away in Thailand floods

THAILAND - A 10-year-old girl was washed away and feared dead yesterday as the eastern province of Prachin Buri battled its worst flooding in 26 years.

"Big waves were generated by three military vehicles that came to the area to help flood victims," a witness said.

Locals said Sasikarn Wongprai and her girlfriend were playing in 30-centimetre water in front of her home in Sri Maha Pho district when big waves swept both girls into a nearby field covered by four metres of water.

Bystanders rushed to help them but could only find and rescue Sasikarn's friend. Sasikarn did not go to school because it was closed due to the raging currents.

Four districts including Sri Maha Pho have been declared flood-disaster zones. Heavy downpours continued to pelt Sri Maha Pho and Kabin Buri districts.

Deputy PM Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the Water and Flood Management Commission, said he had ordered officials not to release any water from Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam in Nakhon Nayok into Prachin Buri for at least two days.

This dam, which can hold 280 million cubic metres of water, was saving Prachin Buri from worse flooding, he said.

But there has been growing opposition for a dam proposed in Mae Wong, with a big protest held against it in Bangkok on Sunday.

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