Old woman rescued from landslide as rains lash Koh Chang
An old woman who was partially buried in a landslide after two days of torrential rains that triggered flash floods in Koh Chang in Trat province was safely rescued, officials said.
Dusit Samutrakapong, chief of the Koh Chang National Park, said on Thursday the tourist-destination island had been hit by heavy rains for two days.
More than 200mm of rains have been received since Wednesday night, Dusit said, adding that the heavy rains had caused runoffs from Than Mayom Waterfall and Klong Plue Waterfall to inundate nearby roads.
Around 7.30am, rescuers from the Sawang Boon Chuay Lua Foundation were alerted that a rented room near Klong Prao Beach was hit by a landside so they rushed to provide help.
They found an old woman stuck inside the room that was partially buried after earth from a mountain behind the room slid down because of the rains. The rescuers took about half an hour to free the woman and rushed her to a hospital.
Tirasak Sruamcheepmasua, deputy mayor of Koh Chang Municipality, said the Ban Klong Son-Ban Had Sai Khao Road had subsided for a distance of about 30 metres and one of the two lanes was impassable in the morning.
He said workers have repaired the road, but trucks were advised to avoid that section of the road.
Officials said runoffs flooded several main roads near popular beaches of the island at 5am, including Ban Had Sai Khao, Ban Chaiyachet and Ban Klong Son.
The road at Ban Had Sai Khao was in about 80cm-deep water for about a kilometre in length but the water levels had subsided late in the morning.
At Bang Klong Son, the swelling canal burst the banks and flooded several houses, officials added.
Officials also warned operators of the Koh Chang ferry service to be careful because the sea had turned rough following the heavy rains.