Thailand Floods Update September 2013

Thailand has suffered severe flooding, particularly in the north eastern regions, since 17th September 2013.

On 26th September, director general of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Chatchai Promlert, issued a statement with the following figures regarding the recent floods:

  • 9 people reported as killed in the floods
  • 7.962 villages across 29 provinces affected
  • As many as 2.1 million people affected
  • Around 7,000 homes damaged
  • 2,310 roads damaged
  • 145 bridges damaged
  • Nearly 200,000 hectares of farmland damaged

Some areas are beginning to return to normal, including Kanchanaburi, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nakhon Ratchasima and Kalasin. However, Thailand’s weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on a tropical depression heading towards the country from Vietnam, which could bring further heavy rainfall, particularly to Ubon Ratchatani, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Prachin Buri. Water from dams such as Pasak Chonlasit Dam in Prachin Buri, is being released in order to make room for the expected rainfall.

Below is a lit of the provinces in Thailand that have been affected by the floods so far:

North:
Pitsanulok, Phichit, Petchabun, Kamphaengphet, Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani

North East:
Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Amnatcharoen, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Yasothon and Mukdahan

Some reports claim parts of Chaiyaphum are under 2.8 metres of water, and in the Krasang district of Buri Ram about 3 metres.

East:
Prachinburi, Sakaeo, Nakhon Nayok and Chachoengsao

Central region:
Lopburi, Saraburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Angthong, Suphanburi and Chainat

South:
The south has remained fairly untouched by the flooding so far, with only Chumphon province affected.

Sources: Bangkok Post; The Nation