Thailand – Flooding Affects Thousands in Central Provinces

Disaster authorities in Thailand report that heavy rainfall and flooding has affected 10 provinces over the last few days, affecting over 320,000 people mostly in central areas of the country.

Floods in Samut Prakan Province Thailand August 2021

According to Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), a low-pressure system located in the lower parts of Vietnam, combined with Southwest Monsoon brought heavy rains from 27 August 2021. Samut Prakarn recorded 120.6 mm of rain in 24 hours on 28 August.

The heavy rain resulted in some flooding in the provinces of Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachinburi, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Sa Kaeo, Singburi and Samut Prakan. DDPM said a total of 65,088 households have been affected. Much of the foooding was minor and no injuries or deaths were reported as of 31 August 2021.

The hardest hit areas are in Samut Prakan Province where 64,659 households (around 323,295 people) have been affected in the districts of Mueang Samut Prakan, Bang Phli, Bang Bo and Bang Sao Thong.

Flooding has subsided in most areas although as of 31 August, some flooded areas remained in Samut Prakan.

DDPM said it has coordinated a response and local administrative organizations and related agencies have accelerated assistance to the victims.

Floods in Umphang district of Tak Province Thailand August 2021 – DDPM