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Natural Disasters 2011

In 2011, several severe natural disasters had taken place in Thailand, particularly since March onwards. The typical weather in March when the hot season is dominant throughout the country had generally been hot and humid with scarce rainfalls. But in March 2011, a cold snap together with occasional rainfalls occurred in upper Thailand almost the whole month. High-pressure areas extending their ridges from China to cover upper Thailand periodically were found to be the causes of such phenomenon.

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MOPH tells flood-prone hospitals to keep drugs, equipment away from water

BANGKOK, 23 August 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has instructed 35 hospitals at risk of flooding to move all medicines and equipment to higher places and to continue providing their services for patients regardless of the situation.

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Roadmap towards flood management to be implemented in the North

BANGKOK, 20 August 2011 (NNT)-Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Mr. Yongyuth Wichaidit has drawn up a roadmap to tackle flooding as advised by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and will request 300 million baht in additional emergency budget for three northern provinces.

Mr. Yongyuth said the roadmap could be piloted right away in Bang Rakam district, Phitsanulok Province, where a contingency plan had already been in place.

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Democrat to open flood relief volunteer centres

BANGKOK, 20 August 2011 (NNT) – The opposition Democrat Party will join hands with the civil sector to open volunteer centres to help flood victims in 27 provinces while a bank account will be opened to collect donations from the public for flood victims.

Deputy Democrat Party Leader Apirak Kosayodhin told the press that his party and the networks of civil sector will set up the flood relief volunteer centres in 27 provinces nationwide, with Mr Vittayen Muttamara as the centre director.

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Army chief concerned over flood

BANGKOK, 3 August 2011 (NNT) – Army Commander-In-Chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha has expressed concerns over the flood situation as he has ordered the Third Army Region to urgently hand out assistance to residents affected by the flood.

General Prayut stated that he has tasked the Third Army Region to help support relief operations in flood-hit areas while unit commanders are authorised to make decision concerning force deployments in the relief mission without having to wait for orders.

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Waterborne diseases under surveillance

BANGKOK, 3 August 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has ordered all provincial public health offices in flood-hit zones to monitor six waterborne diseases while people are asked to help prevent spreading the diseases.

According to Permanent Secretary for Public Health Medical Doctor Paijit Warachit, provincial public health offices are monitoring six waterborne diseases, including leptospirosis, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A, pink eye and dengue fever upon ravaging floods in many provinces at present.

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MOPH orders hospitals to gear up for upcoming floods

BANGKOK, 29 July 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has instructed all hospitals to be prepared to provide services amidst anticipated heavy flooding after stormy conditions were forecast by the Thai Meteorological Department.

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DDPM: Floods subsiding

BANGKOK, 18 July 2011 (NNT) – Floods in many areas have already subsided and the situation is gradually returning to normalcy, according to a recent report from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong has reported that floods in many areas have subsided, and the water level should soon reduce; the situation is expected to return to normalcy provided there is no further rainfall within the next few days.

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22 provinces warned of flash floods, mudslides

BANGKOK, 13 July 2011 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has issued a warning for possible flash floods and mudslides in 21 provinces in all parts of the country except for the northeast during this period.

The 21 provinces comprise Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Nan, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang.

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Flash floods, mudslides warned in 16 provinces

BANGKOK, 5 July 2011 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has issued a warning for possible flash floods and mudslides in 16 provinces of the northern, central and eastern regions during this period.

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Flood in 3 provinces relieved

BANGKOK, 2 July 2011 (NNT) – Flood situations in three provinces in the upper part of Thailand have subsided while two other provinces remain inundated, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong reported that earlier a total of five provinces in the upper region experienced flooding due to heavy rainfall resulted from the tropical depression Haima. They were Chiang Rai, Tak, Nan, Phayao and Sukhothai.

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DDPM: 5 provinces inundated

BANGKOK, 30 June 2011 (NNT) – A total of five provinces have been experiencing flooding due to heavy rainfall during 25-28 June 2011, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong reported that the five provinces facing serious flooding comprise Chiang Rai, Tak, Nan, Phayao and Sukhothai. The situation has amputated communication in 896 villages in 133 sub-districts of 29 districts.

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25,000 medicinal kits sent to flood-hit provinces

BANGKOK, 2 July 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has sent 25,000 kits of medicine to the northern provinces of Nan, Phrae and Pichit, which are now faced with severe flooding while local hospitals are warned to monitor waterborne diseases.

Talking about the progress of the ministry’s flood relief operation, Permanent Secretary Medical Doctor Paijit Warachit said 10,000 more kits of medicine were sent to Phrae on Friday while 10,000 others were also sent to Nan and another 5,000 to Pichit.

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New office to oversee flood, fire and mudslide issues

BANGKOK, 27 June 2011 (NNT)-The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has established a new office specifically for emergency situations concerning flash floods, fires and mudslides with a team of rescue workers ready to launch a quick operation.

Director-General of DDPM Mr. Wiboon Sanguanpong said the aforementioned disasters were the three most common predicaments that had ever occurred in Thailand. They are most likely to be triggered during the rainy season from May to September.

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6 provinces remain disaster zones

BANGKOK, 19 June 2011 (NNT)-The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has disclosed that 6 provinces mostly in the North Eastern region remain disaster zones while the water has now subsided in Trat and Chanthaburi provinces.

Over 400 communities in Bueng Kan, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Yasothon and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces have been severely affected by drought and that the situation seems to show no sign of abating.

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Indonesia + 2 others
USAID/OFDA East Asia and Pacific Newsletter - March/April 2011

DISASTER RESPONSE

USAID/OFDA Responds to Disasters in Japan

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Algeria + 18 others
Five Feet High and Rising: Cities and Flooding in the 21st Century

Report
World Bank

Abstract

Urban flooding is an increasingly important issue. Disaster statistics appear to show flood events are becoming more frequent, with medium-scale events increasing fastest. The impact of flooding is driven by a combination of natural and human-induced factors.

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21 provinces severely hit by thunderstorms

BANGKOK, 29 April 2011 (NNT) – Totally 21 provinces have been devastated by thunderstorms since 1 April 2011, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong reported that the current climate variability has caused frequent summer thunderstorms, torrential rain and strong gust. Many provinces in the northern, northeastern, central and eastern regions have been hit by the disaster.

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Cabinet grants 685 mn THB for repairing flood-hit schools

BANGKOK, 20 April 2011 (NNT) – The Cabinet has agreed to set aside a budget worth 685 million THB for the renovation of schools in the South which were damaged by the recent floods.

After the weekly Cabinet meeting, Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat announced that an approval had been given to the proposed budget of 685 million THB, which would be spent on reparation works on educational institutions within southern provinces ravaged by flashfloods last month. Based on the survey, a total of 1,355 schools have sustained damages from the catastrophe.

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Royal Thai Army encourage Thais to make donations for flood victims

BANGKOK, 20 April 2011 (NNT)-First Army Area Commander Lt General Udomdej Sitabutr is urging Thai people across the country to make donations to help victims of the natural disaster in the South of Thailand.

According to Lt General Udomdej, necessary items such as clothes and food are encouraged as important items for flood victims’ survival. Any interested parties can make donations at the Royal Thai Army on Ratchadamnoen Road.