NAN - Continual torrential rain brought by tropical storm Talas, now battering central Vietnam, has caused flash floods in several areas of Nan province.
The provincial office of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported small rivers connecting to the Nan River had risen rapidly and overflowed their banks, causing flooding in at least three districts.
The Royal Irrigation Department is pushing ahead with a flood-prevention plan to build a new 12km canal in Ayutthaya, with the aim of speeding up water flow from the Chao Phraya River out to the sea.
The department has already hired four consultant companies to conduct a survey along the route and design the canal and, at the same time, is gathering views from provincial officials and business people who, during a meeting yesterday, welcomed the plan, said department chief Sanchai Ketworachai.
CHAI NAT - Seven provinces in the Central Plains have been warned of possible riverside flooding as the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) increases the rate of discharge from the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat.
The warning was issued by Suchart Chareonsri, director of the Regional Irrigation Office 12 in Chai Nat, to the governors of Chai Nat, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri and Ayutthaya.
Phichit province in the North is bearing the brunt of runoff from a mountain range in neighbouring Phetchabun, leaving at least 60 houses in Dong Charoen district flooded yesterday, authorities said.
The village of Ban Wang Na in tambon Huay Phuk emerged as the epicentre of the flooding late last night after several days of heavy rain.
The mountain range is situated in Phetchabun's Chon Daen district, close to the provincial border.
WRITER: CHEEWIN SATTHA
MAE HONG SON - A fire destroyed living quarters at a refugee camp in Muang district late on Wednesday night, leaving about 200 Karen residents homeless.
A total of 36 huts in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp’s pok (living zone) 5 in Pang Moo were reduced to ashes by the blaze, that broke out about 10.45pm on Wednesday. There were no reports of casualties, Pisit Kitbunanan, chief of Muang district of Mae Hong Son, said after inspecting the devastated area on Thursday morning.
The cause of the fire was not known. Authorities were investigating.