Heavy rain has been affecting the southern provinces of the country over the past weeks, causing widespread flooding.
As of 17 January, local media reported that the death toll has reached 43 people.
Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to affect the southern areas of the country. As of 17 January, Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for severe weather and possible flash floods in the southern provinces.
BANGKOK, 17 January 2017 (NNT) - Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang has instructed relevant units in the capital to be ready for possible flooding.
The governor and officials from the Department of Drainage and Sewerage inspected the drainage system on Ratchadaphisek Road in preparation for the next round of downpours.
SURAT THANI, 17 January 2017 (NNT) – The National Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is prepared to handle heavy rains in the South during 17-22 January 2017.
Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Prayoon Rattanasenee, acting as director of the National Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (Forward Command) in Surat Thani, said the flood situation has improved in six out of twelve southern provinces.
BANGKOK, 17 January 2017 (NNT) - The government will allocate budget to restore the flood-affected areas in the southern region. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to propose guidelines on sustainable solutions to flooding.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 17 January 2017 (NNT) - Authorities in the South of Thailand are preparing for another round of flooding as it continues to rain in the region.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the Royal Irrigation Department and the Royal Thai Navy are trying to drain water from the Pak Phanang river basin, to make room for the incoming rainfall. Machinery and boats are being used to push water from the river basin, which currently contains 260 million cubic meters, into the Gulf of Thailand.
PRACHUAPKIRIKAN, 16 January 2017 (NNT) – Soldiers have devoted their resources to repairing homes affected by flooding in Prachuapkirikan province.
Engineers from the 16th Military Circle have descended on a home in Prachuapkirikan province to repair damages caused by flooding over the past month. The soldiers have also passed out necessity items and medicine to flood victims while saying they believe they can complete their repair work in 3 days.
Floodway construction is required to limit the impact of immense flooding and economic losses for people living in the southern provinces, and city planning should be adjusted to better enable disaster responses, says the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).
Thanes Weerasiri, chairman of the EIT, said the flood crisis hitting the southern provinces is an important lesson on flood disaster management, which requires infrastructure development to reduce impacts.
Nation donates B329m in relief for victims
People in southern provinces and local authorities are bracing for a new round of floods after more heavy rain was forecast in the region this week.
Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered provincial governors and local administrative agencies to beef up precautionary measures against flooding as heavy rainfall is expected in the South, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.
The northeast monsoon covering the South and the Gulf of Thailand will gain strength during Jan 16-20, bringing more rain with isolated heavy falls in 12 southern provinces, the Meteorological Department said on Sunday.
The 12 provinces are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Phangnga, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi, Trang, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.
Waves in the Gulf of Thailand will be 2-3 metres high during this period.
Forty people have died so far as a result of the floods that have ravaged 12 southern provinces since Jan 1, and forecasters say more rain is on the way starting on Monday.
The Meteorological Department has forecast isolated heavy rain from Monday to Wednesday, especially for Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces.
Further downpours are expected on Thursday and Friday in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 15th January 2017 (NNT) – Police cadets have handed out aid and relief packages to the residents of Cha-uat district, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
Police cadets of class 47 traveled on flat-bottomed craft to Cha-uat community to distribute relief bags to the people who have been battered by the recent flood for more than two weeks.
SURAT THANI, 15 January 2017 (NNT) – The National Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation plans evaluation of flooding situation to improve prevention measures in the southern region, says official.
Inspector-General of the Ministry of Interior Saipirun Noisiri has revealed that the National Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Surat Thani province will be evaluating areas that have been flooded repeatedly and possible risks in the southern region to improve the overall monitoring and prevention system.
Heavy rain has triggered floods across the south, cutting road and rail links, threatening crops and affecting about 1.6 million people
BANGKOK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Thailand faces more hardship from unseasonable floods that have killed 40 people in its south, with more rain expected in the major rubber-producing and tourist region in coming days, a top disaster agency official said on Sunday.
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BANGKOK, 14th January 2017 (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has reasserted the government’s commitment to helping those in need, especially southern residents afflicted by the flood crisis.
According to the Prime Minister, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and other members of the Royal Family have expressed their concerns about the well being of people hit by floods in the south. His Majesty has sent aid packages and other necessities to the flood victims.
BANGKOK, 14th January 2017 (NNT) – The devastating floods in the southern region have damaged nearly 1 million rai of crop plantations.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, close to 1 million rai of farmland has been destroyed by the continual rainfall and prolonged flooding. Of that figure, more than 990,000 rai were crop plantations, 39,000 rai were livestock farms, and 19,000 rai are grass plots.
BANGKOK, 13 January 2017 (NNT) - The government will introduce a flood rehabilitation program, which was used in 2011, to help flood victims get back on their feet.
Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Ormsin Chivapruck, who also serves as Secretary-General of Command Center for Monitoring Situation, revealed that the government will use the same approach to assisting flood victims this year as the previous administration did in 2011.
SURAT THANI, 13 January 2017 (NNT) - Southern provinces near the Gulf of Thailand are still experiencing flooding as surface runoffs continue to plague the low-lying areas.
In Surat Thani, Ta Pi River has flooded embankments and nearby communities in Phunphin district. Residents were forced to move their belongings and evacuate to a safer ground.
The 4th Region Army Commander Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich visited Pak Phanang district to show his support to a group of fishermen who used their boats to push the water out of the inundated areas.
BANGKOK, 13 January 2017 (NNT) - The government has allocated additional funds to 4,400 water management programs in 18 southern provinces for long-term flood prevention.
Deputy Director General of the Royal Irrigation Department Thongplew Kongjun revealed that the government has allocated 5 billion baht to each provincial cluster for local agencies to enact appropriate water management policies in their respective areas. The programs will be carried out within the year 2017.
PRACHUAB KHIRI KHAN, 13 January 2017 (NNT) - Bang Saphan Hospital staff and soldiers have begun moving medical equipment back into the hospital after the flood water has been drained.
In Prachuab Khiri Khan, Bang Saphan Hospital staff and the soldiers started cleaning the medical equipment as the hospital is expected to resume its operation on Friday. The electrical system at the Out Patient Building has now been fully restored.
◾Heavy rain has been affecting the southern provinces of the country over the past weeks, causing widespread floods.
◾As of 13 January at 7.00 (UTC), local media reported that the death toll has reached 36 people.
◾It is estimated that more than 1 million people have been affected by the floods, and more than 360,000 houses have been damaged. The Thai Red Cross Society has been distributing relief items and working closely with national, provincial and local authorities to address the most urgent needs of affected communities.