Floodwaters rise in north, northeastern provinces

The Mekong River threatens to burst its banks in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom on Monday. (Photo by Pattanapong Seepiachai)

Flooding remains in four northern provinces, four northeastern provinces and a central province on Monday -- and water levels are rising in most of them, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the department, said that parts of the northern provinces of Chiang Rai, Lampang, Nan and Phayao are under water, affecting some 13,000 people. Floodwater was rising in all those provinces except Chiang Rai. Tropical storm Bebinca and the southwestern monsoon were responsible, he said.

In Chiang Mai province, local highway officials said Highway 118 linking Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces had been repaired and reopened on Monday morning after floodwater runoff caused sections of the road to be closed on Saturday.

In the Northeast, floodwaters were rising in Bung Kan, Kalasin, Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Ratchathani provinces, affecting about 58,000 people. The central plain province of Phetchaburi was also struggling with ascending water levels. Mr Chayapol attributed that to previous tropical storm Son-Tinh and the southwestern monsoon.

The Meteorological Department predicted rain would taper off until Thursday, but the southwestern monsoon would bring heavier rain on Friday and Saturday.

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