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More than 5,000 people affected by floods in Thailand

At least one person is dead, with thousands displaced as a result of massive flooding near riverfront communities in Thailand on Thursday, following heavy tropical rainfall. 

In the country’s northeastern province of Ubon Ratchatani, over 8 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, forcing more than 5,000 people to flee. Heavy rain destroyed trees and water reached to waist-high type flooding in these areas. 

Falling trees ended up killing at least one person and injuring two others in the Sisaket province, according to ABC News. In neighboring countries such as Vietnam, there were blackouts after Tropical Storm Noru advanced into the central region but no deaths were reported. 

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said that over 10,000 households were affected by flooding. Victims still stuck in their homes and displaced families received food and care packages from rescue workers. 

Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok saw some of its neighborhoods flooded by the nearby Chao Phraya River. City Sandbags were deployed to stop floodwater from advancing, according to ABC News. 

While the Noru itself is weakening, seasonal monsoon rains may contribute to continuous dangerous flooding across the country. 

A man wading through floodwaters in Ubon Ratchathani province in northeastern Thailand on September 29, 2022.
AP Photo/Nava Sangthong
The flooding in Thailand has reportedly displace 5,000 people and killed one person.
The flooding in Thailand has reportedly displace 5,000 people and killed one person.
AP Photo/Nava Sangthong

ABC reports that several dams overflowed with water, damaging agricultural lands and communities downstream. 

Previously, the Noru had taken the lives of eight people, including five rescuers, as a typhoon in the Philippines. 

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