Thailand – 17 Provinces Still Affected After Three Weeks of Flooding

Flooding in Thailand that began around 10 October has continued in several provinces. As of 30 October, as many as 17 provinces were still affected by flooding according to Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

Many parts of the country registered heavy rain from 10 October as a result of a tropical depression that also affected parts of Vietnam.

Since then several rivers in Thailand have overflowed including the Yom, Nan, Chao Phraya, Tha Chin, Chi and Mun. Discharge from the Chao Phraya Dam also caused flooding for communities downstream.

Overall more than 120,000 households in 78 districts of 23 provinces had been affected by floods throughout October. At least 10 people lost their lives.

Although flooding had receded in some areas, flood water remained in 17 provinces, affecting 111,434 households in 60 districts.

Thailand’s news agency NNT said that in Sapphaya district of Chai Nat province, “more than 200 houses in Wat Maprang community in tambon Pho Nangdam Ok, have been under a metre of water for more than a month.”

According to local media the remaining 17 affected provinces are Sukhothai, Pichit, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Chai Nat, Pathum Thani, Suphan Buri, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Roi Et and Ubon Ratchathani

Weather Warnings for the South

On 01 November, Thailand’s Meteorological Department (TMD) issued a warning for heavy rain and possible flash flooding in the south of the country, as a tropical depression (later to develop into storm Damrey) moves over the South China Sea towards Thailand.

TMD said that Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat were likely to be affected from 01 Novmber, and Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi over the coming days.