Tropical storm brings heavy rain, flash floods to Thailand

Tropical storm brings heavy rain, flash floods to Thailand
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Many provinces in the East and South have been hit by flash floods due to c

Continuous heavy rain all week in the Northeast, East, Central and South of Thailand has been put down to the Vamco tropical storm.

The Sawangpornkusol Rescue Team and volunteers have been trying to evacuate people from seven villages in Rayong's Muang district's tambon Thabma, as waters began rising fast yesterday morning.

Tambon Thabma Municipality began issuing warnings from Thursday night, but locals refused to leave their homes because they feared losing their belongings.

The rain left some places in the area under more than a metre of water, leaving many roads including bypass highway 36 impassable. Also, the lack of sufficient boats made it difficult for rescuers to evacuate residents.

The heavy rains have also brought flash floods to Nakhon Nayok province, leaving more than 200 Suan Dusit University Nakhon Nayok students stranded at the Suan Chatuphum Resort in Muang district. The students, who were at the resort for freshmen activities, were later successfully rescued.

Meanwhile, in the South, some 30 households in tambons Tub Prik and Sai Thai in Krabi's Muang district were also affected by flash floods.

Tambon Sai Thai Administrative Organisation chief executive Hrab Ngapha said the authorities have set up an aid centre at Ban Na Huanon mosque and soldiers were helping people remove their belongings from their flooded homes.

Hrab said the situation should get better if there is no more rain.

Rain brought on by the Vamco depression also helped fill many dams in the drought-hit Northeast. Suthiroj Kongkaew, Lamtakong Dam irrigation and maintenance project director, said three days of continuous rain had boosted the dam's reserves by 6.54 million cubic metres.

This brings the amount of available water up to 55 million cubic metres or 18 per cent of the dam's total capacity.

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