Floods in northern Thailand have killed at least three people and forced several hundred villagers to leave their homes.
GV Flooding Mekong River (2 shots)
SV Wooden thatched houses under water (3 shots)
SV Monks being evacuated by small boat
SV Villagers being evacuated
SV Villagers using banana tree raft for transportation
SV Woman walking across flooded street (2 shots)
SV Villagers fishing with nets
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Background: Floods in northern Thailand have killed at least three people and forced several hundred villagers to leave their homes. Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan has ordered an emergency fund worth a quarter of a million U.S. dollars to help the flood victims.
Torrential rains lashed the northern provinces of Thailand over the weekend, further worsening the flood situation which has already killed three villagers and stranded hundreds of residents, submerged roads and disrupted farming in the northern provinces.
Water from the Mekong River overflowed its banks and flooded several provinces in north and northeast Thailand causing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.
Government officials said that about 400 villagers and a number of their domestic animals had been evacuated to higher areas.
Several roads in the provincial town and thousands of acres of ricefields were under water caused by heavy rains during the past few days, the government official said.
Floods were reported to have hit Uttaradit province in the north and Udorn Thani, Nakhon Phanom and Sakon Nakhon in the northeast.
Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan ordered an allocation of five million Baht (a quarter of million US Dollars) as an emergency fund to help the flood victims.
According to Radio Vientiane, the Laotian capital is also threatened by the flooding Mekong River.
The Vientiane Radio said workers, students, military personnel and civilian officials helped each other to construct dikes to cope with the threatening floods.
SYNOPSIS: Many roads were covered or closed by the floodwaters, creating problems for public welfare authorities moving in supplies for the stranded villagers and their animals. Farming has also been seriously disrupted, with thousands of acres of ricefields swamped. Last summer it was drought which destroyed the crops. This year the villagers resign themselves to fishing the floodwaters.