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River Overflows Flooding Mae Sai-Tachileik Border Areas in Chiang Rai

The level of the Mae Sai River running past the Mae Sai-Tachileik border in Chiang Rai province was reported to be increasing rapidly until the river finally burst its banks at around 3 am.

The level of the Mae Sai River running past the Mae Sai-Tachileik border in Chiang Rai province was reported to be increasing rapidly until the river finally burst its banks at around 3 am.- Photo Mission Beyond Borders

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CHIANG RAI – Heavy rains caused the Mae Sai River to swell overnight, flooding important trade areas in Mae Sai district on the Thai side and Tachileik district in Myanmar.As a consequence of Typhoon Kalmaegi, which was wreaking havoc in nearby southern China, heavy downpours hampered the uppermost region of Thailand from yesterday evening through last night. The level of the Mae Sai River running past the Mae Sai-Tachileik border in Chiang Rai province was reported to be increasing rapidly until the river finally burst its banks at around 3 am.

The water gushed into communities and famous markets on both sides of the river, with a depth of up to one meter. Locals, who were woken up in the middle of the night, had to struggle to move their belongings off the ground as quickly as possible to prevent damages.

Flooding hit houses and shops near the river, covering communities near Wat Tham Pha Jom and Sailom Joy market, as well as Mai Loong Khun, Muang Daeng and Koh Sai communities Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/432896/mae-sai-gets-taste-of-kalmaegi. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.

Flooding hit houses and shops near the river, covering communities near Wat Tham Pha Jom and Sailom Joy market, as well as Mai Loong Khun, Muang Daeng and Koh Sai communities – Photo Mission Beyond Borders

The extensive devastation has forced a number of local businesses to close for today as rains continue to fall. Authorities are working hard to clear out debris which has gotten stuck on the river-crossing bridge while hoping the floodwater will begin to recede soon.

Deep floods in parts of Mae Sai (แม่สาย), Chiang Rai

Deep floods in parts of Mae Sai (แม่สาย), Chiang Rai

Flooding in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai after heavy rain.

Flooding in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai after heavy rain.

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