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Floods hit north ahead of Mangkhut's arrival

Aug 09. 2013
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With the Mangkhut storm hovering over the country's North, floods have already hit several provinces in the region.
Inundation on Friday destroyed more than 100 houses and over 500 rai of farmland in Chiang Mai’s Chai Prakan district.
“We are urgently handing out relief items,” Tambon Chai Prakan Municipality’s mayor Suchart Buakham said. 
He said his municipality also warned people in risky zones to move their belongings to higher ground and evacuate to safe places as another round of downpours could trigger further flooding. 
Nussara Kantasee, the vice chair of the Tambon Si Dong Yeng Administrative Organisation in Chai Prakan district, said four villages in her area were also flooded because the Fang River overflowed. 
In Mae Hong Son, floodwater spread over the Mae Hong Son – Ban Kung Mai Sak Road. A landslide also hit a highway. Relevant officials were trying to drain floodwater and clear the land masses from traffic surface as of press time. 
In Nan, flooding ravaged vast farmland in Thung Chang and Muang districts.
“We are now closely monitoring the situation,” Nan disasterpreventionandmitigation chief Nitiwat Nitinantarn said. 
In Uttaradit, relevant officials were on alert and closely checking the rainfall. 
“If the situation turns worrying, we will immediately issue warnings and evacuate people,” the province’s disasterpreventionandmitigation chief Surachai Tatchakawin said. 

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