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Thailand’s North left inundated after relentless rain

ANN/THE NATION THAILAND – Thailand’s northern provinces have been affected by flooding following heavy rain yesterday.

Heavy rain since early yesterday flooded several areas in Thailand’s northern provinces.

The deluge was brought about by the monsoon trough that lies across the lower North, the upper Central and the Northeast of Thailand, according to the Thailand Meteorological Department.

The tourist province of Chiang Mai was lashed by heavy rain since last night, causing flash floods and water runoffs in several areas, including the famous Doi Inthanon and Wachirathan Waterfall in Chom Thong district.

The Doi Inthanon National Park yesterday prohibited visitors from swimming in the waterfall and warned villagers to beware of overflows from creeks connecting to the waterfall.

Locals reported that flood waters had entered residences and shophouses.

Meanwhile, heavy rains led to the water level in Yom River rising, flooding houses along the river banks in Phichit province.

At least 15 households in Sam Ngam district reported around 50-centimetre high floodwaters in a riverside community, prompting locals to switch from cars and motorcycles to boats.

Yesterday morning, the water level of the Yom was measured at 4.76 metres, up 20 centimetres since Thursday night, with the danger of rising further amid.

Cars drive through a flooded road in Thailand. PHOTO: THE NATION THAILAND