Floods Across South East Asia

Much of the south East Asia region as a whole seems to be under water. There is currently flooding in Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.

In Myanmar flooding has been caused by the overflowing Ayeyarwaddy River. Particularly badly hit is the Hinthala Township, Ayeyarwaddy Region, where around 1,000 people have been displaced.

In Laos, we reported yesterday that the southern provinces of Saravane, Sekong, Attapeu and Champasak have been particularly badly hit. Continued heavy rainfall as a result of low pressure system has resulted in flooding across the southern region, affecting around 100,000 people, and damaging crops and livestock.

Indonesia recently experienced flooding in North Mamuju district, West Sulawesi Province where around 2,500 people were affected.

In Vietnam the floods have caused several deaths. Yesterday we reported that 20 people had been killed in the floods there. Sadly that figure has since increased to 24 people who have been killed in floods in Vietnam over the last few days. The worst affected areas are the central provinces, including Dak Lak, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

In Cambodia, the tropical depression brought heavy rainfall badly affecting the provinces of Ratanakiri, Ouddoy Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey. As many as 12 people have been reported as killed by floods. The death toll includes 6 children.

Thailand authorities say that 9 people have been killed in floods in the north eastern region, as we reported here. The Chao Phraya and Pasak rivers are overflowing. The provinces of Ayutthaya, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Loei, Phitsanulok, Angthong, Kalasin, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani have all been hit by flooding. Around 1000 houses have been reported as damaged. The Thailand authorities say that the floods are not on the scale of the 2011 flood disaster. They were particularly confident that Bangkok’s flood defences and drainage systems could deal with the current amount of rain and flood water.