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.
◾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.
By Mirva Helenius, IFRC
Thai Red Cross is responding to the needs of people affected by severe flooding in southern Thailand. Continuous heavy rains have been pouring down over the past few weeks, causing flash floods and widespread flooding in 12 provinces: Phatthalung, Narathiwas, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Ranong, Chumphon and Prachaub Khirikhan.
SAMUT PRAKAN, 7 January 2017 (NNT) – The Navy has deployed ships, aircraft and officers to help flood victims in the southern region, with its first ship to arrive in Nakhon Sri Thammarat on 8 January.
The Navy has dispatched 20 thruster ships, officers and landing craft to Nakhon Sri Thammarat to provide assistance to the flood victims with the landing vehicle expected to arrive in the southern province in the night of 7 January.
Residents in many parts of Phatthalung, Yala, Trang, Narathiwat and Nakhon Si Thamarat were still battling major flooding on Thursday following heavy monsoon rain.
In Phatthalung, there were floods in 507 villages in 11 provinces, affecting 58,676 people of 29,327 households, local reports said.
As of Thursday morning, the Phetkasem and Asian highways running through the province were still under water and not passable to small vehicles.
The Myanmar army crackdown in Rakhine state has overwhelmed the border area of Bangladesh and also eliminated the possibility of sending Rohingya migrants in Thailand back to Myanmar. As a result, Thailand must consider other solutions such as new shelter arrangements or reuniting families in Muslim-majority Malaysia, suggests the Migrant Working Group (MWG).
WRITER: PIYARACH CHONCHAROEN AND SAICHON SRINUANJAN
Flash floods triggered by days of heavy rain have swamped at least 800 houses and large areas of farmland, and closed roads, in parts of Kanchanaburi and adjoining Ratchaburi provinces in the west of the country.
In Kanchanaburi, the downpour caused flooding in three villages in Huay Krachao district. A total of 82 households were affected.