Floods hit five villages near the Tham Luang cave rescue site – Chiang Rai
A month ago the local villagers near the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai were volunteering with food and helping hands. Now they’re fighting to save their homes.
Mountain run-off last night (Monday) has hit five villages in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, near where the young Moo Pa (Wild Boars) football team was recently rescued from the caves .
Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham and district officials visited the five affected villages in Tambon Pong Ngam this morning.
Officials were dispatched to move some families stranded in their houses to stay at a temporary shelter provided by the Tambon Pong Ngam Administrative Organisation.
Officials said the run-off from the Nang Non Mountains hit some 500 houses in the five villages late last night. The floodwater inundated the Mae Sai-Chiang Rai road for about two kilometres. At certain spots, the water was as deep as 80 centimetres.
The name “Nang Non” translates to “reclining woman” in English. A Thai legend has it that she was a run-away princess who died and became a mountain. Her spirit is said to haunt the Tham Luang cave where the football team was recently trapped for 17 days.
Meanwhile, people living along the bank of the Mekong River in Chiang Rai have been told to take precautions against possible overflows of water from river.
In Chiang Saen, water levels on the Mekong River have kept rising in front of the Chiang Saen district office and on Monday morning the Mekong was 6.98 meters above the mean sea level, 68 centimeters higher than the day before.
SOURCE: The Nation, Chiang Rai Times
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