Thai Travel Guide – Thailand Blog – Weather News: About 1,000 people in four villages in flood-ravaged Nakhon Si Thammarat province remain completely cut off from rescuers. Most of the trapped people, who are without aid and electricity, live in hillside areas of Nop Phi Tham district.
Communications have been knocked down, making it impossible to assess the situation. There are reports of mudslides.
“We have no idea how the villagers in Nop Phi Tham are coping. We can’t communicate with them. We can’t access the area,” Pol Col Cherdchai Mosika, superintendent of Nop Phi Tham police station, said yesterday morning.
“There is only a medical team who are trying to reach the area on foot. The team is led by villagers.”
Flooding damaged a bridge at Ban Rong Lek that provides access to the isolated villages. Repair work is being slowed by the high water level and strong torrents. Rescue operations by helicopters have been held up by bad weather and strong winds.
The army is asking for donations of radio sets for distribution to the flooded areas to boost communications and improve delivery of aid.
PM’s Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey admitted yesterday that help was slow as the access road was cut off and strong winds prevented an air rescue.
He said troops had been dispatched to deliver food and water supplies to the stranded villagers on foot.