Thailand: Floods - May 2017Alert
High rainfall intensity has caused flood and flash floods in the northern provinces. Seven provinces and 61 villages were affected. In Kamphaeng Pet, the worst affected province, 800 houses were damaged. Meanwhile, 2,000 families in Uttaradit province were urged to evacuate to safer places due to the situation. In total, 853 houses were reportedly affected in province of Kamphaeng Pet, Uttaradit, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Loei and Udon Thani. Twister hit Takhli district, Nakhon Sawan province, damaging 27 houses and 89 electric poles. (ASEAN - 21 May 2017)
Uthai Thani’s Royal Irrigation Department (RID) office ordered that the Wang Romklao Dam open all three of its floodgates to release water into the Chao Phraya River so that it could take on more upstream water deposited by recent rains. A 24-hour flood watch was called in the area as water levels had risen to critical heights. (Govt. of Thailand, 12 June 2017)
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department warned that all areas of the nation would see thunderstorms and showers with Lopburi hit by runoff after a heavy bout of rain. The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) Office 10 joined military units in Lopburi to setup water barriers along the Phon Thong canal in Baan Mie district of the province in response to forest runoff that has swelled the waterway and resulted in flooding of some farms and residences. (Govt. of Thailand, 22 June 2017)
Heavy rain affected several areas of the country over the past week, especially the northeastern provinces, causing floods and flash floods. At least 1,300 people had been displaced and 160,210 people had been affected in 16 provinces. Locally heavy to very heavy rain was forecast to occur over the north and northeast area of the country, including the ones already affected. (ECHO, 24 July 2017)
Flooding in 18 districts of the Sakon Nakhon province of the Northeast was still causing anxiety and serious problems, according to the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office. In Kalasin province, the flooding had inundated 439 villages in 70 tambons across 15 districts, affecting more than 10,000 households. Eleven districts had been declared disaster zones. (Bangkok Post, 30 Jul 2017)
DDPM declared 11 provinces as disaster affected areas. Forty-four (44) provinces were affected and inundated by the monsoon. The affected areas covered 289 districts, 1,147 sub-districts, 10,487 villages, 43 communities. Twenty-seven (27) people reported death. Ten (10) provinces remain inundated with 274,512 families and 837,896 people affected. Meanwhile recovery process was undergoing in 34 provinces. The impact of the flooding was within the capacity of the government. There was no international assistance request at the moment. (ASEAN - 5 Aug 2017)
According to DDPM, the flood situation had eased in 35 provinces. The other nine affected provinces, eight in the Northeast and one on the Central Plain, remained flooded. As a consequence of flooding, a total of 578,814 households in 12,949 villages were affected and 29 people had died. A total of 4,129 houses, 2,055 roads, 14,097 fish ponds, and over 3 million rai of agricultural land were damaged. Irrigation officials installed 22 water jet propulsion drives across the Moon River at a bridge in Ubon Ratchathani to speed up the rate of discharge into the Mekong River, as a large volume of runoff from other flooded areas was expected to flow into the province through the Moon River. (Bangkok Post, 9 Aug 2017)
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PHUKET - A landslide warning has been issued for this island province, with much of it already ravaged by flooding and heavy monsoon rain expected for the rest of this week.
Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong said on Tuesday the southern meteorological centre forecast the southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and the southern coast would bring heavy rain to several southern provinces between Aug 15 and 19.
The flooding crisis in the Northeast is expected to ease within the next two weeks after the implementation of a better system to divert water into the Mekong River by the Department of Royal Irrigation (DRI).
The Moon and Chi rivers merge into one in Muang district of Ubon Ratchathani province before flowing onward into the Mekong River.
Thongplew Kongchan, DRI deputy chief, said the department has managed to slow down the flow of the Moon River and release the Chi River overflow into the Mekong first.
SATUN, 14 August 2017 (NNT) – The Satun Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is rushing assistance to the southern resort island of Koh Lipe as many residents have been impacted by floods.
Flooding is still ravaging Nakhon Phanom, while areas in seven other provinces have been submerged since last month, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said on Monday.
Eleven out of 12 districts in Nakhon Phanom are suffering from the overflow of water from Nong Han, the country's second largest freshwater lake in Sakon Nakhon, it said.
Bang Paeng is the only district to escape the floods, which damaged some 186,000 rai of farmland in the northeastern province.
UBON RATCHATHANI, 11th August 2017 (NNT) – Various agencies have continued to collect and hand out aid for flood victims in the northeast.
Ubon Ratchathani Governor Somsak Jungtrakul received a donation of drinking water from private companies to be passed on to those in need in both the province’s Muang district and Warinchamrap district.
Muang Khon Kaen District Chief Chatchai Uncharoen led his agents in distributing 100 survival bags to flood sufferers in tree sub-districts.
BANGKOK, 12th August 2017 (NNT) – The King Prajadhipok's Institute has made a donation of 50,000 baht to help flood victims in the northeastern region of Thailand.
On behalf of the flood victims, National Legislative Assembly (NLA) President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai accepted 50,000 baht from the King Prajadhipok's Institute and offered his appreciation to the institute for its kind act.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 13th August 2017 (NNT) – Nakhon Ratchasima province is sending relief bags containing essential items to flood victims in Roi Et province.
United in their sympathy, the Korat Diving Network, private organizations, and hundreds of volunteers are loading seven trucks with food, water, and other essential items, along with 600 relief packages, which will be transported to Roi Et province, one of many northeastern cities that are battling widespread floods.
SATUN, 12th August 2017 (NNT) - Days of heavy rain in Satun have triggered a flood that is striking the southern province’s resort island Koh Lipe.
Police officers of Koh Lipe Police Station have rushed to flood-torn areas to help the villagers move their belongings to higher ground. The deluge has reportedly swamped the roads leading to a luxury resort and two villages.
BANGKOK, 10 August 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has begun paying out aid funds in accordance with a Cabinet decision, urging all to donate to flood relief efforts.
At Roi Et province, Commander of the 27th Military Circle Maj Gen Natchanok Sirithipatanon led the passing out of survival bags and other relief goods to flood victims suffering under waters from the Chi River. Many have complained of foot infections caused by the stagnant water and a shortage of drinking water.
NONTHABURI, 9 August 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Commerce has launched a caravan of trucks to hand out relief items to flood victims in five provinces.
Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn presided over the dispatching ceremony for the relief caravan arranged by the Department of Internal Trade to be delivered to flood victims in Sakon Nakhon, Roi-et, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, and Nakhon Panom.
The aid campaign will be extended to other flooded provinces in near future, he said.
Flooding persisted in nine provinces on Wednesday, mostly in the Northeast, with more than 570,000 families affected by the floods that have ravaged much of the country over the last month.
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said the heavy downpours had triggered flash floods in 44 provinces between July 5 and Aug 8. A total of 578,814 households in 12,949 villages were affected and 29 people had died as a consequence of flooding.
Since July 2017, the northeast region of Thailand has been affected and inundated by monsoons. Based on reports updated on 1 August 2017 from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, in total 43 provinces, 221 districts, 938 sub-districts and 5,366 villages and 1 community have been affected. Thirteen dead have been reported.
The cabinet yesterday approved a cash handout worth a combined 1.69 billion baht to help ease the plight of farmers in the North and Northeast hit by tropical floods in 36 provinces.
Nathporn Chatusripitak, an adviser to the PM's Office Minister, said the handout that is worth 3,000 baht per household will be given to 561,520 eligible families who were affected by the flash floods from July 5 to Aug 15 over the next 30 days.
BANGKOK, 8 August 2017 (NNT) – The Cabinet has approved the payment of compensation worth 3,000 baht to each flood-affected farmer in 36 provinces.
In the wake of severe flooding in the country, Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office Minister Nattaporn Jatusripitak made known that the Cabinet has given a green light to the disbursement of 1.68 billion baht from the 2017 central budget for the rehabilitation of agriculturists recently affected by Tropical Storms Talas and Sonca.
August 7, 2017, at 1400hrs, at the Government House, Minister attached to Prime Minister’s Office Ormsin Chivapruck represented the Government in receiving donation for flood relief in the North and Northeast from 2 parties: 1) representatives of the 15 th -class students of King Prajadhipok's Institute, 123,456.78 Baht; and 2) Phradhammabodhivongsa, Abbot of Wat Thai Bodhgaya and Head of Dhammaduta Bhikkhus Thai Missionary in India-Nepal, 223,470 Baht.
Typhoon Noru has weakened to a Category 1 cyclone as it moves across western Japan. As of 7 August, two deaths were reported. In western Japan, an estimated 15,000 people were provided with temporary evacuation advisories as of the morning of 7 August. As the system moves slowly towards the main island of Honshu, authorities warn of a heightened risk of landslides, flooding and storm surges in the coming days.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 6th August 2017 (NNT) – Heavy rains continue in southern provinces as local authorities are preparing to install more pumping machines to prevent possible flooding.
The Pak Phanang Irrigation Office said Nakhon Si Thammarat province has been preparing itself for this year's monsoon season since last November and is now well equipped with personnel and machinery to deal with torrential rains.
Flooding continues to afflict nine northeastern provinces and one central plain province, and in the past month has affected 1.8 million people in 44 provinces and claimed 28 lives.
Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said on Monday that floods remain in the northeastern provinces of Amnat Charoen, Kalasin, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Ubon Ratchathani, and Yasothon; and Ayutthaya in the Central Plain.
BANGKOK, 6th August 2017 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has made a donation to help flood victims in the upper part of Thailand.
NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai on Friday assigned an NLA member, ACM Thongchai Chalamkhet, who is the chairman of the subcommittee tasked with arranging assistance for flood victims, and executives of the Secretariat of the Senate, to present a cash donation of one million baht to those affected by ongoing floods in the North and the Northeast.