Thailand: Floods - Dec 2016
Continuous heavy rains caused widespread flooding across 11 provinces in southern Thailand. As of 9 January, over 330,300 households were affected and authorities reported 21 deaths. The Government upgraded the disaster management response level to 3 (large scale disaster) and established disaster command centres in Surat Thani and Songkla to coordinate the national response. With rains forecast to continue until 10 January, a public warning on potential landslides was issued. The UN Resident Coordinator has issued a letter to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) offering support. (OCHA, 9 Jan 2017)
The flood death toll in the South reached 91 on 28 January 2017. Four people remain missing, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM). The deaths and missing persons were reported across 12 provinces, said Chatchai Promlert, DDPM director-general. These areas have been plagued by flooding since 1 December. About 1.8 million people and 590,000 families have suffered from the floods' effects. The floods have also damaged 4,314 roads, 348 bridges, 270 drains, 126 weirs, two reservoirs, 70 government offices and 2,336 schools, said Mr Chatchai. (Bangkok Post, 29 Jan 2017)
By 3 February, Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation had reported that three provinces were still dealing with flooding. More than 3,400 households were affected. (Govt. Thailand, 03 Feb 2017)
On 14 February, Thai authorities downgraded the disaster management response level for the floods from Level 3 to Level 2, or from a large-scale disaster to a medium-scale disaster. (Govt. of Thailand, 14 Feb 2017)
Squatter communities along canals are no strangers to floods - but they are happening more often, and the concerns of the urban poor are being overlooked, say experts
By Thin Lei Win
BANGKOK, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives. But now their resilience is being chipped away, says Adirak Sangnut, the slum's elected leader.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 4th March 2017 (NNT) – A group of businessmen from Malaysia has donated a sum of money to the victims of the devastating floods that swept through southern Thailand in January.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Governor Sakon Chantharak this week greeted a group of businesspersons from Malaysia’s Kelantan state, who presented him with 300,000 baht to be spent on renovating and fixing houses that were damaged by the floods.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand, February 16, 2017 -- Today, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies announced an additional $500,000 to continue disaster risk reduction activities to help schools and communities in Thailand be better prepared for flooding and other disasters.
February 14, 2017, at 1425hrs, at the Government Press Center, Naree Smosorn Building, Government House, following the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Col Thaksada Sangkhachan, Assistant Government Spokesperson, revealed the 2/2017 Announcement of the Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on downgrading disaster management response for flood disaster in the South and in Prachuab Kiri Khan province.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 13 February 2017 (NNT) - Flood victims in Nakhon Si Thammarat expressed their gratitude to local authorities for their help and support.
The Second Naval Area Command sent a group of soldiers to help residents in Chulabhorn district repair their houses in the aftermath of a month-long flood. A 60-year old homeowner in the district, Preeda Khaoset, said she was grateful for the help she received as she never could have repaired the house by herself due the scale of the damage.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 10 February 2017 (NNT)-Provincial authorities have been helping the flood victims in southern Thailand get back on their feet as soon as possible.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, Department of Community Development Director-General Apichart Todilokwet visited Cha-uat district to present relief bags and financial aid to representatives of Child Development Centers in eight districts.
ALA, 8 February 2017 (NNT) - While most areas in the southern region have recovered by severe flooding, residents in Ban Poh Yanee in Yala province are still unable to resume their businesses and are waiting for government assistance on repairing their homes.
Residents of Ban Poh Yanee, which is located in Sateng Nok subdistrict, have been waiting for government officials to assist in the restoration efforts, after floodwaters began to recede on January 27th.
ANGKOK, 8 February 2017 (NNT) - The Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation revealed that the South of Thailand no longer suffers from the flood crisis.
The command center has instructed provincial authorities to survey the flood damage and help people repair their homes within 30 days.
SURAT THANI, 6 February 2017 (NNT) - Nearly every part of the South has dried up except for certain areas in Surat Thani and Narathiwat provinces where many homes remain inundated.
In Surat Thani, Rajaprajanugroh Foundation presented 500 relief bags and photos of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to the residents of Tha Kham sub-district at Wat Taranaram School.
PHATTHALUNG, 6 February 2017 (NNT) - Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Omsin Cheewapruek visited Phatthalung and Trang provinces to observe the flood situation and presented a natural disaster prevention policy to provincial authorities.
The minister was briefed on the damage caused by the floods in a meeting with Phatthalung authorities to whom he presented a disaster assistance guideline. Among the attendees were provincial governor Wanchai Kongkasem and other local civil servants.
YALA - PATTANI, 6 February 2017 (NNT) - Rubber farmers in Raman District of Yala Province have begun restoring their farms after floodwaters receded, while officials in Pattani Province are stepping up their reconstruction efforts for residents.
PATTANI, 6 February 2017 (NNT) - Provincial officers in Pattani have accelerated restoration works for houses damaged by floods in 12 districts of the southern province.
Pattani Governor Weeranan Phengchan led a team to visit Pooyut subdistrict in Muang Pattani district to inspect the restoration and repairs to flood-damaged houses in the area.
Pattani province, the Royal Thai Army and the 4th Army Area have jointly provided post-flood assistance to the flood affected victims after inundation in the local areas had subsided.
Earlier in January this year, a four-day downpour caused serious floods in Bangsaphan, Prachuap in Thailand, which caused the most damage then ever. Volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Thailand evaluated their conditions and conducted a cash-for-relief program there.
Cause of displacement
Between 90 and 230 IDPs killed
BANGKOK, 3rd February 2017 (NNT) - Efforts to restore the flood-damaged southern region have begun, to help those hit by weeks of inundation to regain their lives.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 3 February 2017 (NNT) – State agencies have begun moving in on areas of the south where floodwaters have subsided to rehabilitate both residential structures and farms.
The deputy governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat has led a combined force of military personnel to lay groundwork for the construction of new homes to replace those destroyed by recent flooding. The province has set aside a fund of 230,000 baht per home for the work and the effort has been well received by residents.
BANGKOK, 30 January 2017 (NNT) - The Prime Minister’s Office has revealed that the flood situations remain critical only in five southern provinces.
Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office Lt Gen Sansern Keawkamnerd revealed while flood draining efforts are still underway in the five flooded provinces that the rehabilitation process had already begun in seven other cities namely Ranong, Krabi, Trang, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Yala, and Narathiwat.
YALA, 30th January 2017 (NNT) - People in the South of Thailand have returned to their homes after flood waters receded.
In Yala, residents of Ban Pa Bon Community have begun cleaning their homes after nearly a month away due to severe flooding. While taking shelter at safer places, they were provided with food, drinking water, and various forms of assistance.
In Songkhla, 10 water thrusters have been deployed at Khlong Pak Trae Sluice Gate and 15 more at Khlong Pak Nam Rawa to increase the drainage capacity in the flooded areas surrounding Songkhla Lake.
By Shamshad Akhtar
This month's floods are a worrisome reminder of the increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events. Thailand's flood season usually ends in November, but this year, influenced by a low depression area and a strong northeast monsoon, widespread flooding in the south of the country has killed more than 90 people, affected over 330,000 households, and resulted in widespread asset losses.