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Mae Sai and Tachileik Clean up Mud and Debris after Floods




Businesses on both sides of the Thailand-Myanmar border carried out clean-up operations in marketplaces today


CHIANG RAI – Residents living in Mae Sai and Myanmar’s Tachileik province are now beginning to clean their cities after Floods burred both cites in mud and water, Mae Sai municipality remains on high alert.

Business operators in Mae Sai District are now beginning to clean their stores, after flood water in the area has receded. Mud and dirt will have to be taken care of before businesses can resume on both the Thai and Myanmar sides.

The Governor of Chiang Rai Pongsak Wangsamer has assigned the district and local administration to continue to monitor the situation for flash floods in Mae Sai and 18 other districts, such as Mae Fah Luang, Mae Chan, Mae Suai, Wiang Pa Pao, and Chiang Khong.

The public residing along the river areas have been urged to relocate their belongings at high places as a precautionary measure for the time being, as the continuous rains are expected during this time.

The water level in Mae Sai River has already receded down to 2 meters, which is fairly below the critical level of 5 meters.
Despite flood waters receding, the Mae Sai district municipality has yet to remove flood walls, warning the locals to stay vigilant. Continued rainfall and high water levels in the Sai River have prompted fears of more flash floods.

The government has been implementing measures to assist flood victims in both Thailand and Myanmar.

meanwhile, The Ministry of Interior has made known that state agencies are prepared to tackle flash floods and landslides in all areas and have been equipped with the necessary tools to assist disaster victims.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha also stated that all provinces should maintain a balance between releasing water to communities and storing water for use during the dry season.

The government earlier announced it is pledging five million baht to flood-stricken Myanmar, where at least 27 people have been killed. Myanmar is in urgent need of water filters, medicine and preserved food.

The Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce and other private agencies are also collecting donations to send to Thai-Myanmar border authorities to fund disaster mitigation.

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