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Torrential rain, flooding in North, East Thailand

Flooding was reported in the northern province of Tak and the eastern province of Prachin Buri overnight and this morning, with the Meteorological Department forecasting more heavy rain in most areas of the country.

In Tak province, at least 29 houses in Ban Rom Klao Sahamit in tambon Khiri Rat of Phrop Phra district were hit by flash floods after a night of heavy and continual rain. The flooding left a thick layer of mud on the main road of the village, rendering it impassible until heavy equipment is brought in to clear it. In tambon Ruam Thai Phatthana of the same district, flooding prompted the evacuation at Ruam Thai Phatthana 4 School on Tuesday morning. Teachers and students laboured to move teaching materials and other equipment to higher ground to prevent them being damaged. Heavy rain continued to fall in the area, amid concerns there could be more flooding. In Prachin Buri, Ban Ko Ta Moi, a village at the foot of a hill in Prachantakham district, was hit by a flash flood after about four hours of torrential rain soaked the area, a local unit of the Ruam Kantanyu Foundation, a charity organisation, reported. The water ranged from 1m to 3m deep and continued to rise as rescuers arrived to evacuate residents. Phaisan Siri-arunpanya, head of tambon Phongam municipality, said he would visit the area to assess the situation and assistance needed. Flood victim Somkit Chaikhaeng said at least 20 families were forced to evacuate, but fortunately there were no casualties. The weather office forecast is for more heavy rain in the lower North, the Central Plains, the East and the South, generated by the monsoon trough in the North and the Northeast, coupled with the southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea. Bangkok Post

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