Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past week, especially the northeastern provinces, causing floods and flashfloods.
According to official reports, as of 24 July at 7.00 UTC, at least 1 300 people have been displaced and 160 210 people have been affected in 16 provinces. According to media, as of the same date, over 10 460 households were affected in the provinces of Ayutthaya, Yasothon, Nan and Trat.
A flash flood in the middle of Monday night caused the emergency evacuation of at least 30 houses in Ban Pak Pan in Denchai district of the northern province of Phrae, said a military official leading the flood relief operation in the affected area.
The Meteorological Department warned Monday that tropical storm Sonca will trigger torrential rain in most parts of Thailand Tuesday and Wednesday, while the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) warned 43 provinces in upper Thailand to brace for the impact of the storm.
Centred in the South China Sea close to Vietnam Monday, Sonca was expected to taper into a tropical depression and then a low pressure cell as it moves past neighbouring Laos into Thailand's North and the Northeast, said the department.
SUKHOTHAI, 23rd July 2017 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department recently paid a visit to Sukhothai province to follow up on the water situation in Sawankhalok district.
According to Irrigation Department Deputy Director-General Thongplew Kongjun, the water situation in Sawankhalok district and nearby communities is not unduly worrisome, given that the province has several measures prepared and an effective water management plan in place.
CHIANG RAI, 20th July 2017 (NNT) - Heavy rains in the northern region have left communities along the Mae Lao River in Chiang Rai inundated, with floodwaters threatening to sever Mae Lao Bridge.
Some 16 households along Mae Lao River have been hit by 30 centimeters of water and prompted Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osot-thanakorn to instigate aid operations.
CHAI NAT, 24 July 2017 (NNT) - More 2,500 rai of farmlands in Chai Nat province are now flooded as three districts have been declared assistance-needed zones.
A low pressure system and a strong southwesterly wind in the Andaman Sea have brought heavy rains to Chai Nat province. Rescue efforts are now underway in Manorom, Han Ka and Nern Kham districts.
Homes and farmlands in Rai Pattana, Hang Num Sakhon, U-Tapao, Ban Chian, Kabok Tia, Suk Duen Ha and Nern Kham sub-districts have been submerged under water for months.
BANGKOK, 24 July 2017 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has instructed its provincial offices and hospitals nationwide to prepare for possible flooding, as a tropical storm moves across the country.
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(New York, July 24, 2017) – A Thai criminal court’s sentencing of 62 people, including a military general, to long prison terms for their mistreatment of Rohingya migrants is a major step in combatting human trafficking in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai authorities should build on this case by prosecuting human trafficking gangs and urgently providing protections for Rohingya migrants from Burma and Bangladesh.
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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 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.
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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.