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Storm causes flooding, landslides across the North

Aug 11. 2013
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Dozens of villages and paddy fields in the North are submerged under floodwater caused by the tropical storm "Mangkhut".
Torrential rains over the past three days in Nan province caused a landslide and paralysed transport in Pua district’s Tambon Phukha and Bo Kluea district. 
Phu Kha National Park officials were trying to remove rocks and debris from the landslide on a local road. People were advised to avoid the park and to use provincial highway number 1081 instead.
Meanwhile, the Water Resources Department’s Flash Flood and Landslide Early Warning Centre instructed officials in Tha Wang Pha district to prepare to evacuate people in 13 villages to safer areas. Soldiers from Mobile Development Unit 13 were deployed to help local people get out of areas at risk.
In Uttaradit province, the heavy rain left paddy fields in two villages flooded. The provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office has warned locals in mountainous areas in Lab Lae district to keep alert for signs of flash floods and landslides. People living in Tambon Thung Yang and Tambon Phai Lhom in Lab Lae were advised to move their belongings to higher ground due to the increasing flood.
In Pai, in Mae Hong Son province, officials were closely monitoring the level of the Pai River. While the amount of water has yet to exceed critical levels, local people were told to be on standby around the clock and to prepare for another storm, Utor, which could reach the area in the near future.
Pai district chief Chathip Rujanaseri said a disaster prevention operation centre had been set up to handle any flood, but there had been no reports of damage to date.
Meanwhile, floodwater in Mae Sai, in Chiang Rai province in the far North, has been receding. Local people including merchants in Mae Sai market were cleaning out sand and mud left in their homes and shops.
Some tourists were still visiting Mae Sai. Some woke early in the morning and offered food to local monks yesterday, while others went across the border to the duty-free market in Myanmar’s Tachilek town, as they learned that the Sai River level had receded over the past two days. 

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