Heavy rain causes mudslides and flash floods in southern Thailand

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A tropical storm caused mudslides and flash floods blocking a road in northeast Thailand on Monday (April 12) as officials battled through the deluge to control traffic.

Footage shows how rocks and torrents of muddy water gushing from hillsides were blocking the rural road after the thunderstorm in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

District chief Krai Raeng-ngan was returning to his home after finishing work when he saw a female driver who was asking for help as her car was stuck. He helped her then braved the downpour to direct cars.

Krai said: ‘I had to help her but also had to remain cautious all the time because more of the rocks might have fallen onto the road at any moment

‘I kicked the rocks out of the way and was injured but later people who were scared to leave their cars came and helped me.’

Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia and Indonesia are approaching their annual monsoon rainy season, which sees regular tropical downpours, thunderstorms and flash floods.