Sonca storm leaves ruinous signature

Floods batter farms in NE, Central Plains

A school is inundated by flooding which overflowed the nearby Klong Chompoo in Noen Maprang district, Phitsanulok. The situation was compounded by the water runoff from the mountains as downpours continued to pound many provinces in the North and Northeast. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha)

From a rail track buried under mudflow to several thousand rai of farmland swallowed by floods, tropical depression Sonca left its mark on the Northeast and Central Plains as it whipped through the regions Thursday.

Though Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda tried to calm flood victims by assuring them the storm, which has since been downgraded, was forecast to clear up completely Friday, many face severe asset losses. Some have lost loved ones.

Heavy rain in Nakhon Ratchasima was blamed for the death of 18-year-old Phonnipha Atthanak in a car crash against a roadside tree after the driver lost control on slippery Mittraphap Road in Non Sung district early Thursday.

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