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

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Waist-high water flooded riverfront neighbourhoods and other areas of Thailand after a tropical depression dumped heavy rains and knocked down trees.

The heaviest rainfall, about 22cm in 24 hours, was recorded in the north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, where more than 5,000 people were moved to shelters on higher ground.

One person was reported killed and two injured by falling trees in the Sisaket province.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Noru advanced into Thailand overnight after hitting central Vietnam, causing blackouts and blowing off roofs and billboards. No casualties were immediately reported in Vietnam.

Thai resident wade through floodwaters in the Ubon Ratchathani province
Thai resident wade through floodwaters in the Ubon Ratchathani province (Nava Sangthong/AP)

Rescue workers waded through water to distribute food and care packages to people trapped inside their houses.

In the Nonthaburi province, adjoining the capital Bangkok, overflow from the Chao Phraya River flooded several riverside neighbourhoods.

Officials said more sandbags will be made available to help contain the floodwaters.

The Meteorological Department said Noru is weakening further but warned that seasonal monsoon rains will continue, adding to the already waterlogged situation in much of the country.

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

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

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