AFTER torrential rain for three consecutive days, all 23 districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat province were flooded today (Aprl. 5) with water overflowing from rivers and canals flooding houses, plantations, roads and bridges leaving many impassable, Naewna newspaper said.
Officials were mobilised to help residents with one team rescuing a woman and her two grandchildren who were stuck on the roof of a house in a palm plantation.
Upon being alerted of their plight by Mr. Supot Poolsawat, head of the Sichon sub-district administrative organisation, along with Mrs. Pimpattra Wichaikul, a local MP, the team went to the plantation on a rubber boat and brought Ms Jinda Thongsomaya, 59, and her two grandchildren, one eight years old and the other 13, out to safety.
Jinda said the floodwater gushed into their home very swiftly at 5 a.m. and they swam out and clung to a palm tree until they managed to get on to the roof.
Meanwhile Mr. Haritchai Petchuay, head of Khao Luang National Park, ordered the closure of all six waterfalls in the province during April 5-10 for the safety of the tourists until the situation returns to normal.
Jinda and her two grandchildren being rescued from the roof of a house in a palm plantation today. Photos: Naewna