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Flooded hospital in Chaiyaphum had to evacuates 40 patients

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Bamnet Narong Hospital flooded and patients had to be evacuated today. (via Facebook Hook 31)

Around Thailand, heavy rains and flooding have ravaged the country. Earlier this morning, 40 patients were emergency evacuated from Bamnet Narong Hospital in Chaiyaphum by rescue workers as the facility flooded.

The hospital suffered severe damage as floodwaters caused the urgent evacuation as one of the buildings on the hospital campus was flooded up to 80 centimetres. An X-ray room and several labs were heavily damaged and unusable. Outside the hospital buildings, 4 vehicles and 7 ambulances were damaged, submerged in the rising floodwaters.

With the medical facilities rendered unsafe and unusable, 14 patients with more minor ailments were discharged and sent to their respective homes. Meanwhile, 26 patients with more pressing medical needs were transferred out of Bamnet Narong district to other hospitals throughout the province, according to the Hook 31 rescue unit this afternoon.

The permanent secretary for Public Health said that Sukhothai and Bamnet Narong hospitals were both damaged by the floods in the area, but Sukhothai hospital was about to avoid any evacuation of patients.

Across the country, heavy storms have affected 39 provinces as a result of tropical depression Dianmu and a monsoon trough in Northern and Central Thailand. Chaiyaphum was one of the hardest-hit provinces, but reports of flooding and damages have poured in from a dozen other provinces.

Phetchabun also suffered severe storms and flooding with water rising so high on some roads that Road 21 was completely close to traffic this evening. And officials have put out a warning of overflow or floods for low-lying areas situated downstream of Chao Phraya Dam as water will be released in greater volume in an attempt to prepare for the onslaught of run-off water coming from storms in the north of Thailand this weekend.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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