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21 July 2010 :: 12:07:43 pm 32228

Tropical Storm Conson Wreaks Havoc in Northern Thailand

A destructive tropical storm has hit parts of Northern Thailand over the last 24 hours; the storm is a downgraded version of Typhoon Conson, which struck the Philippines late last week. At present, the most affected region has been the Northern Thai province of Nan, where severe mudslides and flooding have left hundreds homeless and devastated local infrastructure.
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Nan, the 20th of July 2010: Tropical Storm Conson, as it is being heralded by local media, was downgraded to a depression by meteorological advisors as it passed over parts of China, Vietnam and Laos on the weekend. Despite the weakening of the force, that completely devastated parts of the Philippines last week, similar destructive properties have been witnessed as the storm has passed over parts of rural Thailand.

Local communities in two districts of Nan province have been severely affected by torrential rains, mudslides and severe flooding brought by the remanets of Typhoon Conson. Residents in the district of Pua have been evacuated after attempts to build a series of levees to direct the flooding failed. Housing, infrastructure and a large portion of the regions farmlands have been damaged in the storm with hundreds now homeless.

Several major roads leading into the area have since been cut-off by floods or resultant mudslides in the mountainous regions. Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (PDPM) authorities have been forced to close the Doi Phu Kha National Park due to mudslides, which have also prompted the closure or collapse of several bridges in the region.

The hillside communities in Ta Wang Pa district, largely belonging to Hmong tribesmen, have been completely devastated in the storm. Houses, electrical pylons and road surfaces have been destroyed. In other regions of the province, over 500 Rai (approximately 200 acres) of cultivated rice paddies have been destroyed.

PDPM authorities in conjunction with the Nan provincial governor, Weerawit Wiwatthanawi, have called for all residents to aid in repairing their towns and villages, whilst a provincial wide investigation by local officials has been ordered by the governor.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Paijit Warachit revealed that emergency teams from across the country have been dispatched to assist displaced and injured citizens. At present, no casualties have been reported and the water level in most flood-affected areas is said to be subsiding.

At present, The Nan Provincial Public Health Office has begun distributing some 2,700 pairs of boots to villagers and 400 sets of household medicinal kits. Flood affected areas remain off-limits as authorities attempt to restrict the spread of potential waterborne diseases, notably Leptospirosis.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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