Flooding in 15 Provinces in Thailand

Update:
Around 8cm of rain fell in Khlong Yai in Trat Province, eastern Thailand, in a 24 hour period from 22nd September to 23rd September.

A disaster zone has been declared for Khok Soong district in Sa Kaeo province, after flooding affacted nearly 1000 families there.

Original report 23/09/13:

Fifteen provinces in Thailand has seen flooding over the last few days. The main areas hit were the central and eastern regions of the country. The provinces worst affected include Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri and Sa Kaeo.

The flooding has been the result of heavy monsoon rainfall. Further prolonged rainfall is expected in the region over the next few days, thought to be partly down to the wider affects of Typhoon Usagi, which has brought severe weather to the region as a whole and is expected to make landfall in China some time on Monday. However, Usagi is not expected to bring any further severe weather to Thailand, having already past by the country a few days ago.

The heavy rainfall in the central and eastern provinces has left river levels (especially the Chao Phraya and Tha Chin rivers) increasingly high. However, according to the Bangkok Post:

Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said he was confident the country would not face a repeat of 2011 floods, as the water mass in the Chao Phraya basin is still at manageable levels

Those living in low lying areas in Suphan Buri, Pathum Thani and Lop Buri have been told to move to safer, higher ground. Sandbag flood defences have been built up along the Tha Chin river in Suphaburi town, Suphan Buri province.

Provincial disaster prevention and mitigation offices were working hard to bring relief to those affected or threatened by floods. The Prime Minister of Thailand has ordered disaster relief units and military to help the flood affected areas, including 1,500 soldiers, 35 trucks, five excavators and 29 flat-bottom boats.

Sources: Bangkok Post; Reuters