Southern village hit hard by flash flood

Nearly the entirety of Nam Lat village in Sadao district, Songkhla, is under water after being hit by a flash flood. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)
Nearly the entirety of Nam Lat village in Sadao district, Songkhla, is under water after being hit by a flash flood. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: A village with about 400 households in Sadao district was heavily flooded on Sunday morning after being hit by run-off from the Khao Nam Khang mountain range on the Thai-Malaysian border following a heavy downpour on Saturday.

The heavy rain began on Saturday afternoon and continued until late evening, water to cascade down the mountain to inundate Nam Lat, a village in tambon Sanmak Taew of Sadao district.

Nearly the entire village of about 400 households was flooded, including roads and farmland.

The water was running rapidly and at a dangerously high volume in some areas.

Villagers were forced to move their belongings, including cars and motorcycles, to higher ground.

Local officials rushed to the flood-hit village to assess damage and prepare a relief operation.

Nam Lat is one of several villages in the area frequently flooded after heavy rain. It lies on the bank of the U-tapao canal, which receives water from the Nam Khang mountain range.

Residents of other villages downstream in tambon Prik and tambon Tha Pho have been warned of flooding as the water flows in their direction from Nam Lat village.