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Nan Province Declared Disaster Zone Due to Heavy Monsoon Rains in North



Nan province, bordering Laos,suffering extensive damage from flooding.

The waters also swept away farm animals, and claimed the life of 49-year-old Prasit Wangsan in Nan’s Pua district.


NAN - Nan Governor Suwat Phromsuwan have declared six districts in the northern Nan Province flood disaster zones, while neighbouring provinces also recover from severe flooding.

According to The Bangkok Post, the overflowing of the Nan and Yom rivers on Monday forced the closure of schools and evacuation of several hundred houses.

The floods had also claimed the life of a resident in Pua’s tambon Chedi Chai.

Deputy head of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) Suthep Chitayawong said Obec had not received any report of school closures in the six-affected districts. He said that in the event of a disaster, school directors were authorised to order a temporary closure of up to seven days.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his concern over flooding in many provinces while urging every unit to quickly assist people affected by the deluge.
General Prayut ordered necessities to be delivered to flood stricken people and that their homes be repaired. In Viang Sa district of Nan province, the water levels in the rivers have now become stable after stored water was released from Sirikit Dam to make room for the rain water inflow.

Several roads in Nan municipality remain closed as they are still inundated despite a decline in flood waters. Food and drinking water has been distributed to residents who are unable to leave their houses.

Meanwhile, The Mekong River rose to 8.75 metres yesterday – about 27cm higher than Monday – and it was still rising due to continuous rainfall in upstream areas, including Luang Prabang province in Laos, a source said. The river is expected to rise by another metre today.
In Chiang Rai’s Muang district, where three tambons were hit with flash floods on Monday, students and teachers at Huai Plu Wittaya School in Tambon Tha Sud began a big clean-up yesterday. The job is expected to continue today before classes can resume.

Similar major cleaning activities were underway in tambon Nang Lae, where 50 homes were hit by the flash flood, soldiers from the 37th Military Circle have helped residents in Nang Lae sub-district in Chiang Rai clean their houses after flood levels decreased.

The Meteorological Department warned residents in the North, notably in the provinces of  Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Tak and Mae Hong Son of severe conditions yesterday due to continuing heavy rain in this period and another round of downpours expected from Thursday to Saturday.

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