Forest run-off reaches Nakhon Si Thammarat town

Forest run-off from Khao Luang National Park has reached Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality, causing flood in the city for the second time in less than two weeks.

Authorities warned people in flood-prone areas to move their belongings to higher ground since last night (Dec 5) when the forest run-off flew into Phra Phrom and Lan Saka districts and headed to Muang Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality.

According to local authorities, the run off is caused by the monsoon-triggered rainfalls over the past few days.

Last week, flash flood ravaged Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality and the city just recovered from the flooding.

Meanwhile, the bodies of two bus passengers swept away by strong current in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Sichon district have been found this morning.

Sichon police said the packed inter-provincial bus with about 50 passengers was returning to Surat Thani after a funeral ceremony in Nakhon Si Thammarat on late Tuesday night (Dec 5).

As the bus was running on Highway 401 to Surat Thani, it came across the flooded section of the road and the driver tried to negotiate the strong current of the flood water.

However, the bus was washed off the road with the passengers on board.

Passers-by and local authorities witnessing the incident rushed towards the bus and managed to pull all passengers to safety except the two women, aged 63 and 68.

The search and rescue team found bodies of the two victims this morning, about 300 metres away from the accident spot.