Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang offered a public apology to Bangkok residents Thursday after they endured one of the worst days of flooding in years.
"I've tried my best and truly understand how badly the people are suffering the consequences of the floods. I apologise for this trouble with no excuses and I am willing to listen to all complaints and criticism," Pol Gen Aswin said.
He was speaking after he spent Thursday morning visiting flood-affected areas in Bangkok, following a seven-hour downpour throughout the city.
Heaviest downpour in 15 years in Sukhothai
The heaviest floods in 15 years have forced the closure of several businesses in the commercial heart of Khiri Mat district in Sukhothai.
Despite the flood, the irrigation agency has dismissed a chance of the country facing a repeat of the 2011 flood crisis.
Shops and businesses in the downtown municipality were closed as floodwaters rose rapidly on Sunday.
Met issues warning of further heavy downpours
Several northern provinces have been hit by flash floods following persistent heavy rain with the Meteorological Department warning that downpours will continue until today.
In Uttaradit, mountain run-off triggered by torrential downpours caused the Phi and Pladuk creeks in tambon Nam Phi of Thong Saen Khan district to overflow yesterday.
Floods submerged scores of villages in tambon Nam Phi with more than 200 households affected.
WRITER: ANUCHA CHAROENPO
In Hlaing Thar Yar township of Yangon, dirty water has been a problem for a long time. Local residents like Aung Soe Min have to buy drinking water from shops, resulting in a substantial financial burden.
"There is a dirty water problem here because we are living on the outskirts of the city. We pay 350 kyat (9 baht) for a bottle of drinking water," said Aung Soe Min, 33, a day labourer who was among 200 local residents who joined an event to mark World Water Day on March 22 at a local temple.
Thirteen provinces were hit by summer storms between March 31 and April 7, in which 296 houses were damaged and one people killed, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chalerm Promlert said on Sunday.
They were Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen and Loei in the Northeast; Phetchaburi, Saraburi, Samut Sakhon and Nonthaburi in the Central region; and Chiang Mai, Uttaradit, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Kamphang Phet and Phayao in the North. In these provinces, 71 villages in 22 districts were affected.
Mr Chalerm said one people was killed, but gave no details.