Floods and Landslides Affect Thousands in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand

Severe flooding has been reported in areas of Peninsular Malaysia, northern Indonesia and southern and central Thailand over the last few days.

Over 7,000 people have been affected in Aceh, Indonesia and over 20,000 in four states in Thailand, including the southern states of Krabi and Satun.

Parts of Penang state in Malaysia have been flooded for the fourth time in a matter of weeks. Landslides have also been reported in the state.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB reports that at least 7,300 people from 2,143 families have been affected by flooding in five sub-districts in Aceh Jaya district, Aceh.

Heavy rain fell from Sunday 06 November causing flooding by early Monday 07 November in Jaya, Darul Hikmah, Indra Jaya, Sampoiniet and Setia Bakti subdistricts. In some areas flood water is 150 cm deep.

Temporary shelters have been set up for those displaced and a joint team including Military, Aceh Police, Disaster Agency personnel, Red Cross and volunteers, is working in the area to ensure the health and safety of any flood victims. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Further heavy rain has been falling in the area and the number of displaced is expected to grow.

Rainfall

Banda Aceh recorded 71.5 mm of rain in 24 hours ending 08 November 2016. Meulaboh recorded 70 mm during the same period.

Heavy rain also fell in Riau Province, with Tanjung Pinang recording 110 mm in 24 hours to 08 November.

Thailand

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported on 06 November that over 6,000 households have been affected by flooding in the central provinces of Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi, and the southern provinces of Krabi and Satun. Heavy rain was also reported in the southern province of Rangong, where Rangong Town recorded 77.3 mm in a 24 hour period, 06 to 07 November 2016.

A total of 59 villages in the four provinces have been affected by floods. Landslide has also been reported, but no injuries or fatalities.

Flooding in Phetchaburi City began on 02 November, affecting around 2,000 households. Military personnel have since been working with city officials and the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation department to drain water and distribute supplies to flood-hit areas.

As of 06 November, DDPM said that water levels in Phetchaburi, as well as Kanchanaburi and Satun, have started to recede and the flood situation in Krabi remains stable.

However, further heavy rain has fallen in several areas across central parts of the country, with more flooding possible. Earlier today, Bangkok Post reported flooding in the central provinces of Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom.

Rainfall

WMO figures for rainfall in Thailand for a 24 hour period, 07 to 08 November 2016

  • Bangna Agromet – 76.6 mm
  • Huai Pong Agromet – 51.5 mm
  • Kabinburi – 68.0 mm
  • Suphan Buri – 74.0 mm
  • Chaiyaphum – 53.1 mm
  • Buri-Ram – 61.8 mm

Malaysia

Parts of Penang state in Peninsular Malaysia have seen further flooding and landslides over the last 2 days. Some reports say this is the fourth time in a matter of weeks. Heavy rain since early on 07 November caused landslides and flooding.

The town of Teluk Bahang is currently the worst affected. A landslide along a main road there has left the town cut off. Work on clearing the debris in ongoing and it is expected that the road will soon re-open.

Local media report that flood water is as deep as 80 cm in some areas. Although the situation is causing hardship and inconvenience for thousands of residents, as of 08 November, there are no reports of injuries,  fatalities, displacements or evacuations from Malaysia’s National Disaster Management Agency (Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara – NADMA).

Rainfall

During a 24 hour period, 06 to 07 November, Bayan Lepas in Penang recorded 49.4 mm of rain and Butterworth, Penang, 76.8 mm.

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 16, 2016
Event
Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, November 2016
Date
November 6 to November 9, 2016
Type
Inland flood, Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Aceh Jaya district (Indonesia)
B - Krabi (Thailand)
C - Satun (Thailand)
D - Kanchanaburi (Thailand)
E - Phetchaburi (Thailand)
F - Teluk Bahang (Malaysia)

Magnitude

Rainfall level
71.5 mm in 24 hours
Banda Aceh, Indonesia - November 7 to November 8, 2016
Rainfall level
70 mm in 24 hours
Meulaboh, Indonesia - November 7 to November 8, 2016
Rainfall level
77.3 mm in 24 hours
Rangong Town, Thailand - November 6 to November 7, 2016
Rainfall level
76.8 mm in 24 hours
Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia - November 6 to November 7, 2016

Damages

Affected
20,000
Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi, Krabi and Satun, Thailand - November 6 to November 9, 2016
Affected
7,300
Aceh Jaya district, Aceh, Indonesia - November 6 to November 9, 2016