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Tropical rains flood parts of Thailand, 5,000 people seek shelter


BANGKOK — Waist-deep water inundated some riverside neighborhoods and other parts of Thailand on Thursday after a tropical depression dumped heavy rains and toppled trees, killing at least one person.

The heaviest rainfall, about 22 centimeters (8.5 inches) in 24 hours, was recorded in Ubon Ratchathani province in the northeast, where more than 5,000 people were moved to high-rise shelters. One person was reportedly killed and two injured by falling trees in Sisaket province.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Noru swept into Thailand overnight after hitting central Vietnam, causing power outages and blasting rooftops and billboards. No casualties were immediately reported in Vietnam.

In Thailand, more than 10,000 households have been affected by the floods, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

Rescuers waded through waist-deep water to deliver food and care packages to people trapped inside their homes.

In the province of Nonthaburi, adjoining the capital Bangkok, the overflow of the Chao Phraya River flooded several riverside districts. Officials said more sandbags would be made available to help contain floodwaters.

The meteorological department said Noru was weakening further, but warned that seasonal monsoon rains would continue, adding to the already waterlogged situation in much of the country.

As the rain continued to fall, several dams released water to prevent overflow, affecting low-lying farmland and downstream communities.

Before hitting Vietnam, Noru was a powerful typhoon that caused eight deaths in the Philippines, including five rescuers who drowned trying to save people from rising waters.

ABC News

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