In an announcement yesterday, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Plodprasop Suraswadi, said that the recent floods in eastern Thailand had resulted in so much excess water, it would likely be 6 weeks until it is fully cleared.
There were also warnings of further heavy rainfall triggered by storm Nari. The provinces most likely to be affected are:
Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Surin, Buri Ram, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Nong Khai and Bung Kan.
Plodprasop Suraswadi is also head of Thailand’s Water and Flood Management Commission. Yesterday he said:
“The volume of excess water (in the East) is now around 870 million cubic metres”
Mr Plodprasop reported that levels of the Prachin Buri and Bang Pakong rivers were so high, there was little chance the rivers could carry away excess water for some time. He was keen to point out that this did not mean parts of Bangkok would be flooded.
“Bang Pakong River runoff will not affect the eastern fields of Rangsit to the North of Bangkok because all the sluice gates there have been shut”
The current spate of flooding in some parts of Thailand first began around 18th September, where the main areas hit were the central and eastern regions of the country. The provinces worst affected at that time included Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri and Sa Kaeo. Flooding continued throughout September and October, spreading further to eventually affect 25 provinces across the country
Floods have now struck in 25 provinces since 27th September. Across Thailand, flooding has affected 2,802,512 people of 817,290 households affected, in a total of 11,158 villages. A total of 23 deaths have been reported as result of the floods.
Chatchai Promlert, director-general of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said on 15th October 2013, that the death toll now stood at 61, and that Floods remain in 4,377 communities are still suffering from floods across 21 provinces. The floods were still affecting 807,695 people from 275,765 households, he added.