Tropical storm “Mulan” hits northern Thailand


Tropical Storm “Mulan” which meteorologists predicted will hit Thailand has now poured into the northern and northeastern regions of the country. The regions faced flash flooding yesterday (Friday), due to heavy rains caused by the storm depression.

In the northern province of Phayao, villagers in Nam Bong Forest were forced to evacuate when flash floods engulfed their homes. The provincial governor ordered agencies to help the beleaguered villagers, while soldiers and volunteers also showed up to lend a hand.

Landslides also occurred in five districts of the northern province of Nan. These districts included: Chiang Klang, Bo Kluea, Pua, Thung Chang and the main city district.

Residents were told to evacuate to higher areas as traffic wardens were deployed to clear fallen trees, rocks and debris from the road. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far.

All affected provinces were: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Phitsanuloke, Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai and Udon Thani.

Storm Mulan began on Aug. 10 in the upper South China Sea, according to the Meteorological Department.

Floods have wreaked havoc across Thailand over the past month. On July 20, Bangkok experienced a record rainfall of 132.5 mm, surpassing the previous record of 108 mm on July 30, 1955.

THE SOURCE: Pattaya News

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