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Phraya Banlue canal road subsides in Ayutthaya

Another heavy land subsidence was reported today at a road beside Klong Phraya Banlue canal in Lat Bualuang district of Ayutthaya, forcing local authorities to seal the road to traffic for safety.

The road subsided for several sections which measured almost two metres from the surface and almost 100 metre long in each section.

road collapse ThailandThe serious subsidence was reported on the canal road from which runs parallel to the Phraya Banlue canal in Tambon Sammuang from in front of Nurund Hidaya Mosque (Surao Mai).

Another section also subsided over two metres deep and eight metres wide, covering the entire two-lane traffic of the canal road.

It was fortunate that no people was injured as the subsidence occurred at night and no vehicle passed the road last night.

Ayutthaya authorities ordered the closure of the road along the canal for safety reason.

Rural highway authorities said it could take up to two weeks to repair the subsided road and open to traffic again.

The land subsidence was blamed on the receding water in the canal which runs dry because of drought, and pumping of water out of the canal for farming by farmers.

Earlier yesterday the sharp drop of the water level in Klong Rapeepat in Saraburi’s Nong Sua district has caused the heavy subsidence of a section of the road beside the canal resulting to a closure of the road to traffic.

The land subsidence occurred to the road from Nong Kae to a police booth at Pak Tho covering a distance of about 150 metres. The road subsided by 1-2 metres from its former level prompting the Saraburi highway office to block the affected stretch to all traffic with barriers.

Officials said that the land subsidence occurred before on this road but the problem this year is much worse. It was however lucky that no motorists were harmed as the problem was detected in advance.

Thai PBS

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