Stranded cats rescued from home during deadly floods in Thailand

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This is the heartwarming moment stranded kittens were rescued after floods submerged their home during heavy rain in Thailand.

Footage shows a man climbing on the roof of a house in Ang Thong province on October 5 to search for the scared kittens, which were caught up in the floods from tropical storm Dianmu.

The cats had fled to the roof and rafters of the house to escape from the water which had reached chest level after intense rains in the province.

Their owner, Prapai Phadungsilp, 65, called rescuers for help to evacuate from her one-storey dwelling.

The old lady said the flood made it difficult to move her appliances so she requested to save her cats first.

She said: 'I have raised many cats with love. When the flood came into our homes, I was concerned about the large number of cats I was keeping, so I asked the rescuers to help them first.'

A boat was brought to Prapai's house to facilitate rescue operations. The men put her 11 drenched cats in cages while retrieving electrical appliances from the waterlogged house.

An emotional Prapai said: 'It hurts. The refrigerator is gone. There's nothing left. It's very stressful.'

The rest of Prapai's possessions were delivered to a relative's house which was safe from the flood.

At least seven people have died and tens of thousands more are still stranded receiving aid from rescue groups due to the floods caused by Dianmu. Ten provinces in Thailand, including Chaiyaphum, have been inundated by Dianmu, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department of Thailand.

Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until October or November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods which cause rivers to flow faster and become dangerous.

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