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Search continues for woman missing after flash flood sweeps truck into canal

The search continued on Monday for the woman passenger of a pickup truck swept by a flash flood into a canal on Saturday night.


Nokkaew Namsantiah, 39, went missing after the accident near the Wang Phak Bung Bridge in Tambon Naga in Ranong’s Suk Samran district during the heavy storm on Saturday night.

Her husband Samart Namsantiah, 49, got out of the truck, which he was driving, after it plunged into the water, according to Sutas Kaewpradit, the village head of Moo 5 area.

The truck was found floating in the water 600 metres away from the scene on Sunday morning but none was inside.

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The search on Monday comprised two parts: a water-search by boat and a foot-search along the sides of the canal, said Ranong governor Jatuphot Piyamputtra.

Residents of the southern province of Phang Nga, have been warned by Sayan Kitmano, head of the provincial disaster prevention office, has warned residents to brace for possible flash flood or landslide due to ongoing heavy rain. Sayan said those living near the mountains were at particular risk.

Sayan on Monday led a team to inspect damages caused by a rainstorm at Ban Bang Niang (Moo 3) in Tambon Khuekkhak of Phang Nga’s Takua Pa district. The sheet-metal roof of the Sangsawan Kamai Co Ltd factory was blown away and its pillars broken, and the homes of workers damaged.

“This powerful storm, sending a roof flying, was the worst in a decade,” said the factory owner. “It’s fortunate that no one got hurt.”

A hotel opposite the factory was also damaged by fallen trees, prompting staff members to repair the damaged roof for fear of water damage to assets inside, Sayan was told.

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