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Flash Floods, Landslide Force Schools to Close in Mae Hong Son



CHIANG RAI – Many schools in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son province have been temporarily closed after flash floods hit many areas and Mae Sariang-Mae Sam Laep road was blocked by a landslide.

The landslide brought down earth and rocks to block the Mae Sariang-Mae Sam Laep road in Sop Moei district on Monday. Many trees were uprooted and power posts fell. Power and telephone lines were cut, causing a blackout throughout the night. The road became impassable.

Soldiers from the 17th Infantry Regiment were dispatched to provide help for affected residents and explore ways of restoring the area after the floodwater recedes. Many schools have been t,mporarily closed as a result.

Authorities from many agencies have been deployed in areas hit by flooding and the landslide.
Officials from the Mae Suat tambon administration organisation and soldiers from 36th Mobile Development Unit are working together to clear the blocked road and providing boats for villagers to travel in flooded areas.

Source: Thai PBS, LocalNews2010

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