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Severe Floods Hit Thailand’s Eastern, Northeastern Provinces – VIDEO



Downtown Chanthaburi was submerged in up to a metre of water and authorities warned it would rise further. Schools in flood-hit areas in the province have been ordered shut until Friday as a precaution.


CHANTHABURI– Heavy rains and run-off water have wreaked havoc in this eastern seaboard province where patients were moved out of the provincial hospital and more than 10 schools were barely accessible.

In Chanthaburi’s commercial areas including the gem market, floods were nearly one metre high after several hours of rain and run-off water from the Sabap mountain range yesterday.

Staff at the provincial hospital were busy relocating patients to higher ground and flat-bottomed boats were needed as the water level was too high for vehicles to reach.

In the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, flooding was about one metre deep and could be more due to heavy rainfall.

Soldiers from the Second Army headquarters tore down parts of the walls surrounding the compound to release excessive flood water.

Officials said floods had receded at the outbound section of Mitraparb Road, from Bangkok, and traffic was back to normal.

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