Heavy rains, floods and landslides predicted in Thai Northeast

THAILAND - Provinces in the Northeast, especially Sakhon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Beung Kan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu and Loei, have been warned to brace for heavy rains, floods and landslides until Saturday, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Phromlert said yesterday.

Residents in need of help can call the 1784 hotline round the clock, he added.

In Buri Ram's Satuk district, Natkhanet Worakraipanyapong, chief of the tambon Nong Yai Administrative Organisation, said a rainstorm on Wednesday night completely destroyed three homes and partially damaged some 100 houses as well as a local school and temple.

The storm also felled 50 trees and 10 power poles, leading to a blackout. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

In Phitsanulok's Muang district, many trees were uprooted by strong winds and rain on Wednesday night including a 60-year-old rain tree that fell onto a parked pickup truck at the home of a Chinese Cemetery official. Also, the roofing tiles of a house in Nittaya Housing Estate were blown away, forcing the homeowner Okom Sributtra to flee with her two sons.