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Fields inundated after sandbag barrier fails

The Moon River burst its banks and inundated more than 2,000 rai of rice paddy in Non Sung district of Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday.
Torrents of floodwater sweepthrough aroad inKhlongHaknocking downpowerpolesand flood barriers in Rangsit area of Pathum Thani.

PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

Villagers, soldiers and officials had raced to fill sandbags and build a flood wall along Khok Phra-Lam Moon Road in Non Sung district to prevent water from the river from inundating the paddy fields, but they were too late.

The road was submerged and the water poured across the farmland. No immediate estimate of the damage was available, but 200 families were affected.

The flooding covered rice paddy in five of the district's tambons _ Lam Moon, Jan-ad, Muang Prasart, Tharn Prasart, Bing and Don Chompu.

The paddy was about to be harvested when the floods struck. A 500-metre section of Khok Phra-Lam Moon Road was also submerged by floodwater making the road impassable to small vehicles.

Non Sung assistant district chief Kritsanathorn Lerdsamrong said more than 200 households in the flood-hit tambons were affected.

The Nakhon Ratchasima governor declared the areas disaster zones.

Authorities were providing assistance to flood victims.

A huge volume of rainfall and water discharged from four large reservoirs in the province caused the water level in the Moon River to rise sharply and overflow, he said.

Meanwhile, in Surin, the provincial irrigation office yesterday began draining water from the overflowing Huay Saneng reservoir in Muang district which was causing flooding on part of Surin-Buri Ram Highway No 226.

A 30-50 metre section of the road around kilometre 3 was under water. Motorists travelling along the road were told to take extra care.
Water from the drainage system gushes out into the middle of Maharat Road in the Tha Phrachan area yesterday. APICHART JINAKUL
Workers and volunteersdumpsand bags in tambonDon Waiin NonSung district of Nakhon Ratchasima. The Second Army has helped stem the flow of water which has damagedmany homes and farmland after theMoonRiver burst its banks yesterday. PRASIT TANGPRASER
Afamilywalksindeep flood water amid floating garbage in Rangsit, Pathum Thani. They weretold to evacuate their homes. THITIWANNAMONTHA
Volunteers put together sandbags at Suvarnabhumi airport. The bags are being distributed to flood-affected areas. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
Heavy machinery deployed by the army reinforces an embankment of sand bags in Khlong See in the Rangsit area yesterday. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
A woman uses a plastic tub to hold her baby as her family flees their flooded house near the Pinehurst golf course in the Rangsit area. THITI WANNAMONTHA
Foreign migrant workers are stranded in a flooded flat in the Rangsit area. THITI WANNAMONTHA

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