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Flooding in 16 provinces has eased but four provinces remain inundated, while Kalasin is on alert for runoff as four of its reservoirs are already full, officials said on Saturday.
Floods triggered by days of heavy rain ravaged 20 provinces between July 5 and 19, affecting 704 villages in 51 districts, said Chatchai Promlert, head of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.
NORTHEAST – More than 1,000 rai of farmland in Nakhon Phanom has been flooded and people in Kalasin have been warned to brace for overflow from the Chi River after the region was pounded by heavy rain over the past week.
In Nakhon Phanom, assistance is being given to farmers in several districts whose rice fields were inundated by overflow from tributaries of the Mekong River.
They include Muang, That Phanom, Na Kae, Tha Uthen, Si Songkhram and Ban Phaeng districts.
As darkened clouds signal the arrival of “April Showers,” we dust off our rubber boots, unwieldy umbrellas, and – for the worst days – a waxed jacket from the closet corner. We gripe about worsened commutes, expressing contempt for traffic congestion and pesky puddles that drench our pant legs. For Northern Thailand’s Karen people, however, the rain is more than a nuisance; it threatens their livelihoods.
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NAN - Continual torrential rain brought by tropical storm Talas, now battering central Vietnam, has caused flash floods in several areas of Nan province.
The provincial office of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported small rivers connecting to the Nan River had risen rapidly and overflowed their banks, causing flooding in at least three districts.
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LOPBURI, 16th July 2017 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department has visited flooded areas in Lopburi province and inspected the installation of pumping machines.
CHAI NAT, 16th July 2017 (NNT) – Water that overflowed from the Chao Phraya River has swept through low-lying areas in Chai Nat province.
The accumulation of heavy rainfall has increased the water volume in rivers which consequently brought flooding to the downstream and low-lying areas such as in Uthai Thani and Chai Nat Provinces. As of now, 20 houses and 4,000 rai of paddy field were reportedly submerged in Uthai Thani. The local authority is in the effort to overcome of further impact of the flooding.
The Royal Irrigation Department is pushing ahead with a flood-prevention plan to build a new 12km canal in Ayutthaya, with the aim of speeding up water flow from the Chao Phraya River out to the sea.
The department has already hired four consultant companies to conduct a survey along the route and design the canal and, at the same time, is gathering views from provincial officials and business people who, during a meeting yesterday, welcomed the plan, said department chief Sanchai Ketworachai.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 July 2017) — Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
CHAI NAT - Seven provinces in the Central Plains have been warned of possible riverside flooding as the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) increases the rate of discharge from the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat.
The warning was issued by Suchart Chareonsri, director of the Regional Irrigation Office 12 in Chai Nat, to the governors of Chai Nat, Uthai Thani, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri and Ayutthaya.
Phichit province in the North is bearing the brunt of runoff from a mountain range in neighbouring Phetchabun, leaving at least 60 houses in Dong Charoen district flooded yesterday, authorities said.
The village of Ban Wang Na in tambon Huay Phuk emerged as the epicentre of the flooding late last night after several days of heavy rain.
The mountain range is situated in Phetchabun's Chon Daen district, close to the provincial border.
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Verified Return Villages 4
Refugee Villages of Origin 3
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