Thailand – Evacuations After Floods in Northern Provinces

Heavy rain has been affecting northern and central areas of Thailand since 15 May, causing floods in several provinces. Local disaster officials report that some areas have recorded almost 300 mm of rain in a 24 hour period.

Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported earlier today that around 800 people have been evacuated in Mueang Kamphaeng Phet, the capital district of Kamphaeng Phet Province. DDPM says that 280.5 mm of rain fell on 17 May, causing floods that affected a local hospital.

DDPM also reported flooding in the province of Uttaradit. Local media report that 2,000 households in Thong Saen Khan district have been asked to evacuate to higher ground by local authorities.

Some flooding also affected parts of the provinces or Lamphun and Chiang Mai, where a bridge was damaged in Omkoi District. Houses have been damaged by floods in Wat Bot district, Phitsanulok province.

Some surface flooding was also reported in streets of the capital, Bangkok, although according to reports the flood water quickly receded.

Flood summary

Last updated: May 22, 2017
Event
Northern and Central Thailand, May 2017
Date
May 15, 2017
Type
Urban flood, Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Mueang Kamphaeng Phet
B - Thong Saen Khan
C - Omkoi District
D - Wat Bot
E - Khiri Mat district, Sukhothai

Magnitude

Rainfall level
176.7 mm in 24 hours
Si Samrong Agromet - May 16 to May 17, 2017
Rainfall level
132.3 mm in 24 hours
Lom Sak - May 16 to May 17, 2017
Rainfall level
248.9 mm in 24 hours
Kamphaeng Phet - May 16 to May 17, 2017
Rainfall level
170.4 mm in 24 hours
Phetchabun - May 16 to May 17, 2017
Rainfall level
149.7 mm in 24 hours
Loei Agromet - May 16 to May 17, 2017
Rainfall level
104.5 mm in 24 hours
Doi Ang Kang - May 15 to May 16, 2017
Rainfall level
145.6 mm in 24 hours
Phayao - May 15 to May 16, 2017
Rainfall level
114.9 mm in 24 hours
Uttaradit - May 15 to May 16, 2017
Rainfall level
93.6 mm in 24 hours
Phitsanulok - May 15 to May 16, 2017
Rainfall level
103.9 mm in 24 hours
Loei Agromet - May 15 to May 16, 2017

Damages

Evacuated
4000 people
May 17 to May 19, 2017
Fatalities
2 people
Khiri Mat district, Sukhothai - May 20 to May 22, 2017

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