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16 Jan 2017 description
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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.

16 Jan 2017 description
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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.

16 Jan 2017 description
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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.

16 Jan 2017 description
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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.

13 Jan 2017 description
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Severe flooding ravaging 12 southern provinces is expected to trim 1.2 percentage points off the region's economic growth of 3.2% forecast earlier, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).

Vachira Kunthawethep, a UTCC economist, said the university estimates that 22.4 billion baht worth of damage was incurred from heavy flooding that hit 12 provinces between Jan 1-10.

11 Jan 2017 description
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WRITER: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

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.

11 Jan 2017 description
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A strong northeast monsoon forecast for Jan 16-18 will cause the temperatures in the North and Northeast to drop and bring more rain to the South's eastern coast from Surat Thani province downward, Meteorological Department director-general Wanchai Sak-udomchai said on Wednesday.

Mr Wanchai said, however, that the rain would not be as heavy as in the first half of the month.

09 Jan 2017 description
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More heavy rain likely, death toll hits 19

Thirteen provinces in the lower Central region and the South have been warned to brace for more possible flash floods as heavy rain is forecast over the next day or so, according to the Meteorological Department yesterday.

Outbreaks of heavy to very heavy rain are forecast for the 13 provinces from now until tomorrow as an active low pressure cell over the Andaman Sea and the west coast of the South moves north slowly into the Gulf of Martaban and Myanmar, according to the weather bureau.

06 Jan 2017 description
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WRITER: SURAPONG CHAOLAN

Hundreds of passengers were stranded yesterday at Samui International Airport as domestic flights were suspended due to bad weather while locals struggled to cope with flooding following heavy downpours in the South last week.

The weather and flood situation in Koh Samui in Surat Thani province had not improved yesterday, causing 12 domestic flights between Bangkok and Samui to be suspended.

05 Jan 2017 description
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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.

05 Jan 2017 description
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Flooding caused by continuous rain extended through eight southern provinces on Wednesday, affecting a large number of people and halting southbound train services at Thung Song junction in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said runoff and flash floods in the South were affecting Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala provinces.

04 Jan 2017 description
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Heavy rains continue in Yala, Narathiwat

The flood situation in the South is manageable even though heavy rains persist, Interior permanent secretary Grisada Boonrach says. Local authorities in Yala province were working hard to repair sections...

Local authorities in Yala province were working hard to repair sections of roads in tambon Talo-halor in Raman district which had been hit by floods, preventing residents from commuting, he said.

03 Jan 2017 description
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Torrential rains spur Interior Ministry order

The Interior Ministry has instructed governors of the southern provinces to prepare evacuation plans as the region is being battered by torrential rain.

Interior permanent secretary Grisada Boonrach said Monday the ministry has ordered the plans be devised as the Thai Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain will likely continue over much of the South for around 10 more days.

19 Dec 2016 description
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Several areas on Koh Samui have been flooded as heavy rain struck the resort island and other locations in mainland Surat Thani province on Saturday.

Koh Samui district chief Paibul Omak told INN news agency that some communities and markets faced inundations of water up to 40 centimetres deep following steady rain exacerbated by high tides in the Gulf of Thailand.

Flooding was easing as the day wore on but more rainfall and the peak period of high tide at 11pm on Saturday remained a worry, he added.

16 Dec 2016 description
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The government will consider setting aside two billion baht for Songkhla to proceed with projects to combat perennial floods, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Thursday.

He was speaking in Songkhla where he visited Ranot district to monitor the flood situation and give moral support to flood-affected residents. More than 5,000 people turned out to welcome him. He also took a boat tour of flooded areas in Klong Takrea and along Sathing Phra peninsula, distributing bags of relief supplies to residents.

13 Dec 2016 description
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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).

06 Dec 2016 description
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Train services to lower region suspended

Households and businesses in the South have been hit hard by flooding while all train services heading to the lower part of the region are suspended after tracks were damaged by floodwater.

06 Dec 2016 description
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Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have been placed on the disaster areas list as heavy rain continues to pound the two resort islands and other areas in Surat Thani and other southern provinces.

Surat Thani governor Auychai Inthanak said on Monday that the two islands were among the 16 districts declared disaster-hit areas of all 19 districts in the province as they were damaged by floods and heavy rain.

Surat Thani is one of the worst-hit provinces in the region, which has been blanketed by downpours since last week.

05 Dec 2016 description
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Heavy floods continued to wreak havoc in 10 southern provinces, claiming at least 11 lives since the beginning of the disaster on Thursday, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) says.

The number of fatalities rose to 11 Sunday as two people remain missing and another were two were injured after being swept away in the floods in Surat Thani, said Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the DDPM.

04 Nov 2016 description
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Water-retention areas would receive payouts

WRITER: SUPOJ WANCHAROEN

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has proposed an idea of collecting a "flood tax" from people living in areas declared "flood prevention zones" and using the tax revenue to pay financial compensation to areas designated as floodwater-retention zones.

The idea was floated at a session organised by the TDRI in Bangkok yesterday.