Thailand – Floods Affect Hundreds of Households in Northern Provinces

Update, 23 May 2022:

Further heavy rain fell in northern parts of Thailand from 20 May 2022. Disaster authorities reported some flooding in the provinces of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Lamphun, Tak, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, and Kanchanaburi between 20 and 23 May 2022. Some of these areas had seen flooding in an earlier period of 15 to 18 May 2022. As of 23 May 881 households were affected in Lampang, 54 households in Phayao and 200 households in Chiang Rai.

Original report 18 May 2022:

Disaster authorities in Thailand report that flooding in 6 northern provinces has damaged homes and affected hundreds of households.

Flood damage in Ngao district, Lampang province, Thailand, 17 May 2022. Photo: DDPM

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported flooding in the provinces of Phrae, Lampang, Nan, Uttaradit, Phayao and Nakhon Ratchasima from 15 to 18 May 2022. Almost 300 households have been affected in total. Some of the worst of the flooding occurred in Ngao and Muang Pan districts of Lampang Province. Images showed roads, bridges and houses all suffered damage. DDPM reported at least 216 households were affected. However no injuries, fatalities or evacuations were reported. Other affected areas include Na Noi District in Nan Province, and Tha Pla and Nam Pat Districts in Uttaradit Province.

Heavy rain was also reported in parts of the capital Bangkok. The weather station at Bang Na in the south of the city recorded 125.8 mm of rain in 24 hours on 17 May 2022. Thai Water reports that the Khlong Lat Phrao canal is above the danger mark in Bang Khen District, Bangkok.

Last week severe flooding affected several southern provinces of the country.