Thailand – Around 400,000 Hit by Floods in South

Flooding has affected parts of southern Thailand since 25 November. Heavy rain has triggered rivers to overflow and flash flooding.

According to Thailand’s The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), the floods have affected the provinces of Phatthalung, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Yala, Satun and Surat Thani.

Flooding has affected a total of 74 districts, 113,900 households, and 385,498 people. DDPM said that at least 5 people have lost their lives in the flooding. The deaths occurred in Songkhla (2), Pattani (2) and Yala.

A number of provinces have declared disaster zones in various districts. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is working with the Royal Irrigation Department to synchronize the water discharges in order to minimize damage.

As of 29 November, affected areas of Satun province were showing signs of recovery, with flood water receding. However, more rain has been forecast for southern areas.

Flooding and heavy rain has also been affecting neighbouring areas of Malaysia during the same period, where at least 2 people have died and 13,000 forced to evacuate their homes.

Floods in Phatthalung Thailand, November 2017. Photo: DDPM

More Rain Forecast

The Meteorological Department has forecast that more rain is likely in the South. Low pressure cells from the Malaysian coast are moving into lower southern region and are expected to reach the Andaman Sea on 01 December 2017.

Several areas in the South may experience more flooding, with rough seas and two- to three-meter waves expected in the Andaman Sea.

Flood Summary

Last updated: December 11, 2017
Event
Southern Thailand, November 2017
Date
November 25, 2017
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Phatthalung
B - Trang
C - Nakhon Si Thammarat
D - Pattani
E - Songkhla
F - Narathiwat
G - Yala
H - Satun
I - Surat Thani

Magnitude

Rainfall level
149.4 mm in 24 hours
Phatthalung Agromet - November 28 to November 29, 2017
Rainfall level
159.8 mm in 24 hours
Kho Hong Agromet - November 28 to November 29, 2017
Rainfall level
264.9 mm in 24 hours
Nakhon Si Thammarat - November 28 to November 29, 2017
Rainfall level
81.6 mm in 24 hours
Pattani Airport - November 27 to November 28, 2017
Rainfall level
108.2 mm in 24 hours
Narathiwat - November 26 to November 27, 2017
Rainfall level
244.4 mm in 24 hours
Songkhla - November 25 to November 26, 2017
Rainfall level
197.3 mm in 24 hours
Yala Agromet - November 25 to November 26, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
22 people
Thailand - November 25 to December 6, 2017
Affected
385,498
Thailand - November 25 to November 30, 2017
Affected spread across 74 districts in the provinces of Phatthalung, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Yala, Satun and Surat Thani.

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