STRONG dark red color forest runoffs flowed very quickly into parts of Lopburi and Saraburi last night (May 28) after four hours of continuous rainfall with residents nearly not having enough time to move their belongings, Thai News Agency said.
At around 8 pm last night forest runoffs from surrounding mountains suddenly very swiftly gushed into Khok Tum subdistrict of Lopburi’s Muang District and Saraburi’s Phra Phuttabat district flooding many roads and making them impassable for small cars .
From there the floodwater swiftly flowed into housing estates and residents were shocked at the speed of the flow this time.
Officials split up into teams to stop small cars from going into these areas and think as rain is still continuing more forest runoffs will be flowing in.
Meanwhile at southern Trang province’s Koh Libong there has been continuous heavy rain over the past one to two days with violent waves destroying many fishermen’s houses abutting the sea, Matichon newspaper said today (May 29).
Trang Governor Siripat Patakul said this is an annual problem and while those affected have complained that their hardship is being ignored, in fact the Sub-district Administration Organization has knocked in wooden poles to block the waves but this was unsuccessful.
There was a move to build 220-meter-long wall for 100 million baht to protect these houses but this area is under the jurisdiction of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation which says building this wall will only lead to other areas being eroded.
However Mr Siripat has told Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to come up with a feasible design and all units unite and resolve this problem.
Top: Forest runoff stream through Lopburi’s Muang District today. Photo: Matichon
Inset: Eroded coastal area of Trang’s Koh Libong island. Photo: Matichon