3 people missing after being swept away by flash flooding in Prachinburi

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A Highways Department official and 2 villagers are missing in the eastern province of Prachinburi, after they were swept away by strong currents caused by heavy flooding. Thai PBS World reports that heavy rain resulted in water runoffs from mountains in Khao Yai and Tap Larn national parks, leading to flash floods.

32 provinces were on alert after heavy rains following a week of poor weather, much of it in the wake of typhoon Molave.

The Highways Department official was swept away as he attempted to cut the electricity supply in the sub-district of Bupphram. In the same sub-district, 2 villagers are also missing after they too were swept away. Rescuers had to save several people from 3 cars after the Tap Larn tunnel flooded and they became trapped in their vehicles.

A hotel in the area has had to evacuate over 100 guests, after they became stranded by floods up to 1.5 metres deep. Over 40 vehicles in the car park have been left underwater, with 2 cars swept away. It’s understood at least 100 animals belonging to the hotel, including horses, cattle, sheep, and goats have also been affected.

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SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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