Sukhothai governor Chakarin Plienwong said officials were altered by the water flowing downstream from Wang Chin district in neighbouring Phrae province at the rate of 800 cubic metres on Monday.The governor ordered people living along the river to evacuate and keep their belongings to higher grounds as the water level was rising rapidly in the province including the town where work crews piled up more than 5,000 sandbags along the riverbank to stem the flood.People in the four districts of Sukhothai, Sawankalok, Muang, Sri Samrong and Kong Krailas -- have been warned of more flooding to come.
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The Meteorological Department forecast scattered thundershowers in Sukhothai as well as Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai until Tuesday.Reports said the floodwater had spread into the provincial municipality and authorities had to turn off power in some areas for safety.
Most roads in the provincial capital inundated and in some areas the water was still continued rising and was over one metre high. Traffic was paralysed.
Udom Darunee School, Wat Thai Chumpol School, Wat Khuha Sawan School, Kwang Tong School, and Sai Tham School had been temporarily closed.
Wichian Chamong, Ratchathani, Pracha Ruam Jai, Khlong Taphet, Phra Mae Ya, and Tan Dieo communities in the the municipality were heavily affected.
The grounds of city hall, the Provincial Administration Organisation office, prosecution office, Muang district office, and municipality office were under about 50 centimetres of water.