Tourist family rescued from Chiang Mai flood island

A FAMILY of 10 Chinese tourists who were stuck at a Chiang Mai restaurant that forest runoffs suddenly turned into an island were safely rescued today (Oct. 18), Thai News Agency said.

This is the second time in three days that forest runoffs have flooded parts of this northern city and the current round of flooding is turning into the heaviest in 10 years. However the swift flow of water from the forests is decreasing continuously.

Rescuers tied ropes to a tree and a car as they moved into the flooded island next to a creek near the famous Wat Phra That Doi Kham temple on Doi Kham hill to rescue the Chinese family among whom were children and elderly members.

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They quickly went to the airport to catch their flight back to China.

Others stuck at this island included restaurant workers, Thai masseurs and residents of a few houses.

Meanwhile in Nakhon Sawan powerful currents of Chao Phraya river gushed over a sandbag barrier at Phayuha Khiri district and breached a dyke at Krok Phra district leading to hundreds of houses and thousands of rai of farmland being flooded.


Top: The Chinese tourist family being rescued from the restaurant turned into an island by the floods. Photo: Thai News Agency

Inset: Chao Phraya river overflows the sandbag barrier in Nakhon Sawan. Photo: Thai News Agency