Further Flooding in Thailand

The Director general of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department confirmed on 22nd October 2013 that 76 people have died as a result of the floods in the country that have hit 47 provinces since 17th September. More than 3.7 million people in 18,642 towns and villages in 360 districts were affected by the floods

The floodwater had receded in 26 provinces, but continues in 21 provinces, in particular in Chacheongsao and Prachinburi, which are currently the worst affected areas.

However, a new spate of heavy rainfall led to further flooding in 8 provinces over the last few days, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported on Monday 21st October. There is also some concern over heavy rainfall forecast for many southern states for later this week, in particular Krabi state. Thailand’s weather forecasters have said that Southern Thailand will see some heavy rainfall this week, probably by Wednesday 23rd October 2013. Area on the coast are likely to see strong winds as well as heavy rain. There is a fear that the rainfall is likely to result in flooding and landslides in the area. Authorities have issued warnings to those living in areas prone to landslides.

Thailand has been suffering from floods for several weeks now. Worst affected has been the northern and eastern regions. However, parts of Southern Thailand are also currently suffering from flooding. TNA reported that run-off from surrounding mountains has swamped many low-lying areas in the province of Krabi, a popular tourist destination for many.

Over the weekend, the Bang Pakong River in Chachoengsao province burst its banks. The Chi River in Roi Et also overflowed damaging paddy fields in the surrounding area.

Many roads in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima are also currently flooded, despite there being a respite from the rain over the last 2 days. Some roads are under 40-50 cm of flood water. Some parts of Bangkok have also suffered from flooding, after a reservoir overflowed. The district of Sikhiu saw around 80cm of flood water in roads and streets.

Below is a map from ReliefWeb, showing the areas of Thailand affected by flooding as of 17th October 2013. Considering the forecast of heavy rainfall for the coming week, it is likely that the provinces affected by flooding will likely include more of Thailand’s southern provinces.

Thailand flood map 2013
Thailand Flood Map, as of 17th October 2013
Map from ReliefWeb

Sources: Bernama; CNTV; MCOT

Map credit: ReliefWeb