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Flash floods brought by remnants of Tropical Storm “Higos” expected to hit 40 provinces, Thailand

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Flash floods brought by remnants of Tropical Storm "Higos" are expected to hit 40 provinces in Thailand this weekend, August 22 and 23, 2020. Mae Hong Son and Nan in the North, Loei in the Northeast, Nakhon Sawan in the Central Region, and Nakhon Nayok in the East are expected to be hit hardest.

The hardest-hit area so far is Phrae province due to its high terrain, where heavy flooding resulted in runoff and a mudslide that obstructed roads including a highway, DG ECHO reports.

Many local roads are reportedly cut off by mud and rainwater.

In the province of Nan, a total of 213 families were forced to evacuate.

In Lampang province in the northern region, forest runoff from the Chae Son National Park flooded four villages with more than 100 households.i

Higos' remnants are said to be affecting farmlands in Roi Et province, where more than 320 ha (790 acres) of land was inundated.

The Thai Meteorological Department (TDM) warned Mae Hong Son and Nan in the North, Loei in the Northeast, Nakhon Sawan in the Central Region, and Nakhon Nayok in the East are expected to be hit hardest.

The department also predicted that in the South, heavy rain caused by the southwest monsoon will affect the upper part of the Andaman Sea.

Featured image credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA. Acquired at 08:20 UTC on August 22, 2020

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