Flash Floods and Landslides Hit Northern Province

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Emergency Response Measures Implemented

Heavy rains have resulted in flash floods and landslides in Muang and Pai districts of Mae Hong Son, a northern border province. Public utilities, homes, farms, and tourist attractions have been significantly affected by the disaster.

Governor’s Response

Mae Hong Son’s governor, Chettha Mosikarat, has taken immediate action by instructing officials to assess the damage and provide assistance to those in affected areas. Compensation matters are also being managed to support the recovery process.

Damage to Local Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Tourism

The flooding and landslides have caused considerable damage to houses, rice fields, and other farm crops. Additionally, two popular tourist spots, Tham Pla Cave and Su Tong Pae Bridge in Muang district, have been heavily impacted. Governor Chettha has called for the restoration of these tourist locations as the high season is fast approaching.

The disaster began around 10 pm on Friday, following several days of heavy rainfall. The provincial office of disaster prevention and mitigation reported substantial damage in various areas.

  • In Muang district, 373 houses with 925 residents at Ban Huay Pha in tambon Huay Pha were hit by a flash flood. One woman tragically lost her life after being swept away by floodwaters.

  • Mudslides have damaged six houses and two schools.

  • In Ban Mok Cham Pae in tambon Mok Cham Pae, 38 houses with 152 residents and farmland were inundated by overflow from the Mae Sa Nga and Mae Sa Ngi streams. Several power poles were toppled.

  • Ban Kung Mai Sak in tambon Pang Mu and four villages in tambon Pha Bong were severely impacted, with approximately 535 houses and 1,400 people affected.

  • In Pai district, 2,000 residents in Moo 5 and Moo 11 villages experienced flash floods that damaged roads and farm crops.

Warnings for Other Provinces

Surasee Kittimonthon, Secretary-General of the Office of National Water Resources and Deputy Director of the National Water Command Centre, reported heavy rainfall in several provinces, including Uttaradit, Ubon Ratchathani, Lop Buri, Trat, Trang, and Kanchanaburi.

He warned that residents in 20 provinces should be on high alert for possible flash floods in the next few days. The affected provinces include Chiang Rai, Phetchabun, Bung Kan, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Kanchanaburi, Ranong, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Uthai Thani, and Phang-nga.