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Heavy rain, swollen river trigger floods in N. Thailand

BANGKOK, June 13 — Flooding in Thailand's northern provinces continues due to heavy rain and the swollen Yom River, Thai News Agency reported Wednesday.

The Yom River, which runs through the northern region, has overflowed into several villages and damaged about 4,000 acres of farmland in Sukhothai.

Overnight heavy rain forced local residents there to evacuate to temporary shelter in tents on higher ground beside a roadway Tuesday night.

However, the water level in the Yom River dropped slowly Wednesday morning, resulting in eased flooding in some areas.

Sukhothai meteorological station director Praphruet Yodpaiboon said the southwest monsoon triggered rainfall in Sukhothai.

Officials are closely monitoring the Yom River.

In the northern province of Phichit, flooding is still critical after waters from swollen Yom River, combined with flash flood in canals flowing from another province swept through many districts.

Some areas of Phichit are under one meter of water.

The local irrigation office is working to divert water from the Yom River into a canal outlet, connecting with another river, to ease the current flooding. (PNA/Xinhua) hbc/utb

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