Fearing flood, Myanmar stocks up

Traders from Myanmar have started stocking up at Mae Sod markets in Tak province, fearing a repeat of last year's serious flooding.

With the Moey River, which borders Thailand and Myanmar, still low, Burmese merchants are actively ordering goods from the Thai side. Traders are afraid of floods that may strike in September.

Last year, water levels in some areas on both sides of the river were as high as two metres, causing damage and difficulty for local people. Despite current low levels, water in the Moey has turned a muddy red as runoff from the forest has started flowing into the river.

Preecha Jaiphet, Mae Sod district chief, said a flood-rescue centre was set up in preparation to possible inundation.

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