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Sakhon Nakhon city hit by tropical depression Sonca

Jul 28. 2017
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By The Nation

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The northeastern province of Sakhon Nakhon has been hit by heavy downpours from tropical depression Sonca.

Most parts of Sakhon Nakhon city and various roads were submerged while Sakhon Nakhon Airport announced it would temporarily close until Saturday afternoon or until the flood situation improved. 

Some parts of the city also had electricity blackouts. Sakhon Nakhon Hospital also had to move patients on ground floor to upper floors away from floodwater.

Muang district's Huai Sai reservoir also overflowed worsening the situation, forcing many families in downstream villages to evacuate to higher ground.

Nearly 70 tourists were trapped at a hotel surrounded floodwater in Muang district on Friday afternoon, said Facebook user "Ich Bin Som" who also posted pictures of the situation at the 75-room Hop Inn Hotel onto the Facebook's public group "Sakonnakhoncity Photo" to call for assistance.

Sakhon Nakhon disaster prevention and mitigation office head Nitiwat Nitthinanthan said that over 100 flood victims had already moved into a temporary shelter, which was set up at the provincial administrative organisation stadium with food and drinking water. 

He said people trapped in flooded homes should call the flood command center's number 0 4271 1171 so soldiers and officials would pick them up. 

The command centre at the provincial governor's residence would monitor the situation around the clock and dispatch manpower and tools to aid affected residents, he added.

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