SOUTHERN Satun province’s Koh Lipe and Koh Sarai islands are among areas in six districts badly flooded after being lashed by a fierce storm, INN News said today (August 16).
Prasit Charinanond, the head of Royal Irrigation Department’s 16th Office, said heavy rain over the past one to two days led to low-lying areas being flooded with some parts of Koh Lipe island covered with 30 to 50 centimeters of water.
Meanwhile the Subdistrict Administrative Organization at Koh Sarai has installed four pumps to drain floodwater into the sea and the of Royal Irrigation Department is sending two more to help out.
Ms Sunaree Boonchum, head of Satun’s Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said six districts, 18 subdistricts and 65 villages have suffered flood damage.
So far 8,295 people from 3,553 households have been hit by the floods but as yet she has not received any information about fatalities or injuries.
Floowater flowed into Muang district’s Chalung subdistrict last night with this being the route to both the city center and to Hat Yai city in Songkhla province. One lane of a key road has been closed and both police and the subdistrict’s officials are taking care of the traffic.
Satun’s governor Phatraphon Ratnapichetchai ordered agencies to arrange 24-hour guards to watch the flood level while warning residents not to move their belongings back to their homes in low-lying areas yet because the Thai Meteorological Department has warned it will continue to rain heavily for another four days.
Top and inset: Heavy rain and floods in Satun province. Photos: INN News