Storm Bebinca wreaks havoc in Thailand

Thai authorities said on August 17 that people in 11 villages in northern Thailand’s Nan province had to leave their homes while a resident was electrocuted on August 16 after storm Bebinca made landfall and caused heavy rains and flash floods in the country.

A school is flooded in heavy rain in Thailand (Photo:

A school is flooded in heavy rain in Thailand (Photo:

Rainfalls were measured about 158-200mm in some districts. Downpours made water levels in several rivers rise to the alert level of 4.5 metres, resulting in breaks in some places. A number of schools had to shut down as they were 50cm under water.

The provincial authorities said they have been prepared to deal with rains, floods and landslides. Previously, in late July, eight people in the province were killed in a serious landslide caused by heavy rains.

Thailand’s meteorological agency warned that storm Bebinca will cause downpours in several highland areas in Thailand, resulting in flash floods on August 17-18. 

Earlier, the storm landed in Vietnam, causing heavy rains in many provinces and cities. Then it moved west to northern Laos and will be weaken into a low pressure on August 18.-VNA

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