More than 5,000 people are affected by floods in Thailand

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At least one person has died and thousands have been displaced as a result of massive flooding near riverbanks in Thailand on Thursday following heavy tropical rainfall.

In the country’s northeastern province of Ubon Ratchatani, more than 8 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, forcing more than 5,000 people to flee. Heavy rain destroyed trees and water reached waist-high floods in these areas.

Falling trees ended up killing at least one person and injuring two others in Sisaket province, according to ABC News. In neighboring countries such as Vietnam, there were blackouts after Tropical Storm Noru moved into the central region, but no deaths were reported.

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said over 10,000 households were affected by flooding. Victims are still stuck in their homes, and displaced families received food and care packages from rescue workers.

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As a typhoon, Noru flooded the Philippines, killing eight people before hitting Thailand.

As a typhoon, Noru flooded the Philippines, killing eight people before hitting Thailand.
(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Thailand’s capital Bangkok saw some of its neighborhoods flooded by the nearby Chao Phraya River. City sandbags were deployed to stop floodwaters from coming forward, according to ABC News.

As Noru itself weakens, seasonal monsoon rains could contribute to persistent dangerous flooding across the country.

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ABC reports that several dams overflowed with water, damaging farmland and communities downstream.

Earlier, Noru had killed eight people, including five rescue workers, as a typhoon in the Philippines.

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