Tourist swept away in Thailand river

A tourist has gone missing in a raging river at a famous attraction in Nakhon Nayok.

Phuwadej Sukha, 16, jumped into the water at Kaeng Samchan on Saturday ignorant of a warning by officials not to do so due to the fast water flow.

The place is famous as a white-water rafting destination.

However, a recent storm increased the velocity of the water flow, and on Saturday officials warned tourists not to go into the water.

Phuwadej arrived at the spot with eight friends. They saw him swept away and immediately called for help.

As of press time, rescue workers were unable to find him.

Meanwhile, the situation in flood-hit Rayong is returning to normal with businesses removing sandbags and doing a clean-up ahead of reopening.

In Nong Mahat village in Rayong's Tambon Thabma, where several housing estates are located, some 5,800 families from 27 villages were affected by flooding although the water was subsiding yesterday. In Krungthai and Chokdee villages in Thabma and Tambon Noen Phra, villagers were cleaning their houses yesterday.

Chitchanok Somprasert, head of the Eighth Nakhon Ratchasima Irrigation Office, said weakening tropical storm Vamco created heavy rainfall throughout the Isaan region.

Chitchanok said the rain had led to water-volume increases in five large reservoirs in the province - Lam Takong, Lam Phra Phloeng, Lum Sae, Mun Bon, and Lum Plai Mat.

He said the dams received 73.5 million cubic metres of water between last Monday and Saturday, with a total of 364.7 million cubic metres now in the dams, or 28 per cent of their total capacity. Almost seven cubic metres of water was used for water consumption each day, he said.

"The water we have right now is quite low comparing to last year, when 592.2 million cubic metres was held," he said, adding that the dams had a total capacity of 810 million cubic metres.