NAKHON SAWAN — Various districts in one of the country’s central provinces were flooded Thursday morning following an entire night of rain.
Showers met residents of Takhli and Chum Saeng districts, where floodwaters rose to heights of up to one meter in temples, schools and hundreds of households, cutting off electricity and forcing students to stay at home.
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“The floods were in full force by midnight. I was sleeping but suddenly my bed flooded,” says one resident in a video. “This is the heaviest rain ever. It was even lighter in 2011.”
In Chum Saeng district, farmers rushed to surround hundreds of rai of rice fields with sandbags to block off floodwaters from killing the crops. Farmers have been trading off 24-hour shifts in order to watch out for more heavy rains since Thursday morning.
Bang Nong Sri Nuan School, Ban Nong Phang Phuai School and Wat Nong Sri Nuan have all been temporarily closed due to the flash floods.
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