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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – 2011 floods

Via: Chiang Mai Maii

Heavy overnight rains in Chiang Mai have seen the river level rise to critical flood levels and many areas along the river are inundated. San Sai and San Kamphaeng are reported to be under water and desperate business owners along the river continue to sandbag. One owner, when questioned, said, he wasn’t sure if the river hit 4.5 m if his place of business would flood but has walled off the doors and sandbagged the front in case of flooding.

Heavy rains this year have inundated the soil causing flash floods and landslides in Chiang Mai where 2 boys were swept away in Fang on September 23 and a family of five went missing on September 28, 2011. Four of the missing have been found dead and searchers continue to look for the fifth missing family member although heavy rains hamper the search.

Chiang Mai Governor Panadda Diskul and officials inspected the damage and directed help to victims of the forest runoff and mudslides in Ban Piang Kok and Pong Nam Ron in Fang district which occurred on the night of Friday, September 23, 2011 and killed two boys, a two year old and an 8 month old baby boy. More than 30 houses were destroyed in the flash flood and over 100 households have been affected.

On September 28, flash floods swept through Mae Taeng’s Mueang Kai subdistrict sweeping away houses, roads and crops. 5 people were swept away in the deluge, and although searchers have found 4 bodies of missing family members, the search continues for the remaining missing person.

** Train services to Bangkok have been halted until further notice as the train tracks are inundated in several areas. **

Schools along the river have sent their students home and traffic along the river remains backed up. Water crested over the wall along the river near the Dukes and has flooded gardens of businesses located along the river.

Area businesses are sandbagging and sandbagging stations have been set up staffed by government staff, soldiers, and members of the public. One such station is located on the Old Chiang Mai- Lamphun Road.

The Thai Meteorological Department warns of scattered heavy rains for the rest of the week as tropical depression “Haitang” weakens over Laos and moves into
Northeastern Thailand. Authorities warn of flash floods along rivers and hillsides and warn residents to beware of landslides.

http://chiangmai-mail.com/current/news.shtml#hd24

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