The central province was hit by torrential rain and a run-off, while many southern provinces were still battered by flooding, which ravaged the region since the new year and claimed at least 21 lives.

A flash flood struck Bang Saphan and Thap Sakae districts in Prachuap Khiri Khan on yesterday afternoon mainly from the run-off from the Tanaosi mountain bordering Myanmar.

Bang Saphan District Chief Sakarin Tumsen said the water level was up to 50 centimetres high in some locations on the highway to the South.

Bang Saphan Police decided to close some lanes of Phetkasem Rd and used ropes to alert drivers where a road dividing ditch was located to prevent vehicles from plunging into the ditch.

Thap Sakae District Chief Thanapat Na Ranong told the FM91 traffic radio station that people who planned to drive to the South should delay the trip if unnecessary due to the flooded road.

Heavy rain also pounded Muang, Kui Buri and Bang Saphan Noi districts in the province.

Bang Saphan Hospital put up sandbag barriers to prevent the place from being flooded and hastily moved some patients to other hospitals.
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