Receiving fuel from the monsoon trough spanning the lower region of Northern Thailand, upper areas of Central, and the northeast, a deluge of rain was unleashed, as reported by the Thailand Meteorological Department.
Rough weather conditions took their toll on the well-frequented tourist locale of Chiang Mai. Persistent cloudbursts since the eve brought about flash floods and water runoffs in numerous zones, including the celebrated attractions of Doi Inthanon and Wachirathan Waterfall situated in the Chom Thong district.
In a preventive move on Friday, the management of Doi Inthanon National Park issued a ban on swimming activities at the waterfalls and sent a stern warning to inhabitants of neighbouring villages to stay alert about possible overflows occurring from nearby creeks flowing into the waterfall.
Lampang province’s Muang district, located in the city centre, was not spared; it was swamped by floods as a result of the heavy rains early Friday. Particularly, the Don Pan intersection along the Phahonyothin Road was majorly affected. Residents reported flooding in homes and retail shops along Prasan Maitree and Surain roads, running through the commercial zone of Sob Tui subdistrict. The overwhelming volume of received water outstripped the city’s draining capacity, causing extensive floods. Authorities have urged motorists to be cautious when navigating these flooded streets.
Similarly, Phrae, the province to the east of Lampang, experienced heavy rainfall in many parts since 3 am on Friday. As of 7 am, an estimated 70 domestic units got submerged under water in the Long and Wang Chin districts. The province has already dispatched swift response teams to aid evacuation of the elderly and the physically challenged from these water-logged territories.
Aside from that, Yom River’s rising levels due the persistent rains started flooding homes stationed along its banks in the Phichit province. The river meanders its way through four main districts of Phichit, namely: Sam Ngam, Pho Prathap Chang, Bueng Narang, and Pho Thalay.
Approximately 15 domiciles in the Sam Ngam district reported about 50 cm high flood waters within a riverside community. This situation led the locals to substitute cars and motorbikes for boats as their mode of transport.
Taking stock of the situation on Friday morning, the hydrological assessment placed the Yom water levels at 4.76 meters at a measuring station in Sam Ngam. This indicated a 20cm surge from the previous night, with a lurking risk of reaching higher levels prompted by the ceaseless rainfall.