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Warning of flooding for people living along Chao Phraya river in 7 central provinces

People who are living along the Chao Phraya river in seven central provinces have been warned to brace for possible flooding as water level in the river is steadily rising due to runoffs from the northern region.

They were also told to move their valuable belongings to higher ground and to exercise caution when travelling by boat because of the strong currents and rising water level.

Meanwhile, officials and rescue units in the seven central provinces of Uthai Thani, Chainat, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya and Suphan Buri have been placed on standby to provide help to affected people.

In economic zone of each province, water pumps have been installed in case the zones are flooded.

Mr Chatchai Promlert, director-general of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation Department, said torrential rains in recent days had resulted in flooding and mud slides in 15 districts of five provinces of Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Mae Hong Son and Phrae provinces.

In Sukhothai, 500 households were flooded and over 49,000 rai of farmland damaged whereas in Chiang Mai, five districts of Mae On, Chiang Dao, Mae Taeng, Wiang Hae and San Kamphaeng were flooded.

Flooding has however receded in most parts of the five northern provinces except in low-lying arreas in San Kamphaeng district and Phayao.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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