Weak­ened storm Dok­suri un­leashes del­uge, caus­ing floods

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TROP­I­CAL storm Dok­suri has weak­ened into a de­pres­sion and unleashed heavy down­pours in sev­eral North­east­ern and North­ern prov­inces on Fri­day night, re­sult­ing in floods in many prov­inces yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Other prov­inces were mak­ing prepa­ra­tions yes­ter­day in ex­pec­ta­tion of more rain.

The Thai Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment re­ported that Dok­suri was down­graded from a typhoon to a trop­i­cal storm when it swept through Viet­nam on Fri­day. It reached Vi­en­tiane in Laos early yes­ter­day and was down­graded to a de­pres­sion when it reached Nan at 10am yes­ter­day.

Chaiya­phum, Loei, Phitchit, Phit­san­u­lok, Nakhon Phanom and Kalasin were among prov­inces hit by heavy rains be­cause of the in­flu­ence of Dok­suri.

In Chaiya­phum, moun­tain run-off hit three vil­lages and in­un­dated a road in Muang dis­trict yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Heavy overnight down­pours trig­gered by Dok­suri caused the run-off from the Phu Lanka moun­tains in Tad Tone Wa­ter­fall Na­tional Park. The del­uge hit three vil­lages in Tam­bon Nafai of Chaiya­phum’s Muang dis­trict in the morn­ing. In Moo 3 vil­lage, over 100 houses were in­un­dated.

The flood­wa­ter also in­un­dated the Chaiya­phum-Tad Tone road at kilo­me­tre marker 12 for about one kilo­me­tre, with the wa­ter lev­els rang­ing from 30 cen­time­tres to one me­tre. Po­lice and dis­trict of­fi­cials had to block the flooded sec­tion and di­vert traf­fic to an al­ter­na­tive road.

In Phi­chit’s Muang dis­trict, sev­eral roads in were in­un­dated on Satur­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a heavy overnight down­pour unleashed by the trop­i­cal storm. The rain started at about 7pm on Fri­day and con­tin­ued un­til morn­ing.

Sev­eral roads in Phi­chit down­town and outer ar­eas were flooded, with wa­ter lev­els rang­ing from 20 to 30cm.

Floods also hit the Phi­chit Agri­cul­tural Of­fice and the Phi­chit Non- For­mal Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice in Tam­bon Klong Kachen. At the ed­u­ca­tion of­fice, the wa­ter was about 70cm high, caus­ing dam­age to of­fi­cial ve­hi­cles parked there. Phi­chit gov­er­nor Weerasak Wi­chit­saengsi di­rected op­er­a­tions to help res­i­dents in the down­town area, where wa­ter pumps were in­stalled to drain flood­wa­ters.

Sev­eral roads in Phit­san­u­lok’s down­town were in­un­dated af­ter heavy down­pours in the prov­ince’s Muang dis­trict from 1am to 6am yes­ter­day. Of­fi­cials said Uthong, Wisut­thi Kasat and Phra Ong Dam roads were un­der 30 to 40cm of wa­ter.

And the Ban Nam Pad School in Phit­san­u­lok’s Noen Maprang dis­trict was hit by flash flood­ing for the ninth time this year early yes­ter­day.

The school di­rec­tor, Ket Tuankrua, said the Nam Pad Canal burst its banks to in­un­date the school at 4am yes­ter­day fol­low­ing heavy overnight down­pours in Tam­bon Chompu.

Vil­lages are en­gulfed by a del­uge of wa­ter as deep as 30 to 50 cen­time­tres af­ter a flash flood struck Phrae prov­ince yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing a tor­ren­tial down­pour on Fri­day night. Of­fi­cials were sent into the af­fected ar­eas to pro­vide aid.

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