Hundreds left stranded as Pranburi River bursts banks Published: 9 Oct 2014 at 06.00 By BANGKOK POST
The Pranburi River burst its banks in tambon Huai Sat Yai, in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district yesterday, destroying check dams and bridges and stranding hundreds of villagers.
It took soldiers from Thanarat Camp’s Infantry Centre three hours to build a temporary crossing made from bamboo to rescue the villagers.
“The problem is that we can’t remove all the debris and twigs blocking water flow under the check dams,” their commander Maj Noppadon Timtanom said.
“We tried using divers to remove the debris but it was dangerous so we have to think of another option,” he said.
Since this happens every year, authorities should consider building a stronger bridge here, he said.
“We’re concerned about tambon Bueng Nakhon further downstream river as well,” he said.
Storms are battering Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces, causing flooding in many districts including Kui Buri, Sam Roi Yod and Hua Hin.
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