Nakhon Si Thammarat declared disaster zones Water disrupts traffic on main road to South

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Nakhon Si Thammarat declared disaster zones  Water disrupts traffic on main road to South

Vehicles move slowly on Highway 41 as flooding disrupts traffic in Chaiya district of Surat Thani. (Photo: @fm91trafficpro Twitter account)

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: All 23 districts in this southern province have been designated disaster zones following downpours and runoff that started to inundate the municipality on Thursday night.

Provincial governor Kraisorn Wisitwong on Friday declared the entire province a disaster zone. The announcement would authorise rescuers and authorities to speed up rescue operations and allow the provincial administration to quickly disburse the emergency budget for affected residents.

Persistent rain in the province and runoff from the Khiriwong mountain sent a large volume of floodwater to lower areas in Muang district. Several communities in the district have been flooded and the provincial public health office on Friday temporarily closed a Covid-19 testing centre and told people to conduct testing at hospitals closest to their homes.

Cha-on Khamplong, a resident living in Soi Na Wat in the municipality, said flooding started shortly after midnight and water levels continued to rise.

Nakhon Si Thammarat was hit the hardest-hit province by the heavy rain, according to the latest report of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. Heavy downpours are forecast at least until Saturday in the provinces along the Gulf of Thailand, the Meteorological Department said.

Southern rain also disrupted traffic on Highway 41, the main road linking the central region with the South’s eastern part. (continued below)

Nakhon Si Thammarat declared disaster zones  Water disrupts traffic on main road to South

Soldiers evacuate Jutharat Yanglaman from her flooded house in Sichol district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Friday. (Photo: Nujaree Rakrun)

A three-kilometre sector of the road in Chaiya district of Surat Thani was impassable to small vehciles at 6.30am on Friday before the Highway Department declared the section safe around 10am. It still advised drivers to take extreme caution.

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