Thursday, August 03, 2006

Chiang Mai floods

Here we go again! Chiang Mai is under flood threat. The river rose quite high and flooded some parts of the city. Then it went down but more storms are forecast for the end of the week.

Chiang Mai flood: hundreds of homes inundated (COT : TNA English News)

CHIANG MAI, July 31 (TNA) - Incessant rains have triggered a flood inundating hundreds of dwellings in the northern province of Chiang Mai.

Run-off from Doi Suthep, the mountain that overlooks the former northern capital, caused flooding some 30-50 centimetres deep in Mae Rim district, forcing villagers to move their belongings to higher ground.

Floodwater in some areas in the provincial seat is as high as 60 centimetres, causing traffic jams near Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.

The Meteorological Department issued a flash flood warning effective from July 31 through August 2 in at-risk areas in the North and the Northeast.

The department forecast heavy rain due to a low pressure ridge over the North and the upper part of the Northeast.

The southwestern monsoon covers the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and the southern region. Waves up to three-metres high are expected in the Andaman Sea and the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand. (TNA)-E004

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