Thailand: Floods - Nov 2007
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- Govt. Thailand: Thailand: Flooding in Narathiwat subsides. 11 Dec 2007
- Govt. Thailand: Thailand: Meteorological Department warns of heavy rain and strong waves. 11 Nov 2007
- Govt. Thailand: Thailand: Flood situation in Betong critical. 20 Dec 2007
- Govt. Thailand: Thailand: Narathiwat declares 8 districts as disaster zones. 11 Dec 2007
- Govt. Thailand: Thailand: Koh Samui Sheriff calls a meeting to provide assistances to flood victims. 8 Nov 2007
The special command center for disaster prevention and mitigation of Narathiwat province reports that the water level of many rivers has subsided but six villages in Tak Bai district are still submerged.
Narathiwat Governor Karan Suphakitwilekhakarn says he has instructed the provincial public health office to send medical mobile units to assist the flood victims in the district. He adds that most of the people are suffered from Athlete's foot and the provincial public health office has distributed medicines and chlorine for them to kill bacteria in drinking water.
The flood water level in Betong district, Yala province, increases. Officers from the military and administrative units expedite aid for the flood victims who now use boats for transportation.
The Meteorological Department reported at 4 AM today (December 20th) that the northeast monsoon over the Gulf and southern Thailand is weakening, resulting in lower amount of rainfall in the lower South. However, continuous precipitation can cause inundation in the three southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, and people in the far South should beware of flooding conditions during this period. Strong wind and wave conditions are likely in the lower Gulf of Thailand. All ships should proceed with caution.
Director-General of the Royal Irrigation Department (RID), Theera Wongsamut, expresses confidence that the flood situation in the lower part of the Southern region will return to normal within one week.
The director-general says the flood condition in the deep South was caused by continuous heavy rain from December 6-18. He reports that the flood water levels in the provinces of Yala and Narathiwat are stable. Yala has the water level of 1,840 millimeters while Narathiwat has 2,400 millimeters.
The Meteorological Department reported at 4 AM today (December 17th) that a ridge of moderate high pressure system from China has covered upper Thailand and the South China Sea. Cool weather and morning fog are expected over the country. A strong easterly wind prevails over the lower Gulf of Thailand and the southern border provinces, causing heavy rain in the region. People living in risky areas of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces should beware of flooding conditions. High waves of about two to four meters are likely in the lower Gulf of Thailand.
Yala province authorities have revealed that heavy rains throughout the province have caused waterways to overrun. Flooding has begun to move into residential areas.
The province has had to declare 4 areas as emergency zones and has added 3 more districts totaling seven. The districts are Muang district, Raman, Petong, Tarntho, Banangsata, Krong Penang and Yaha. Many of districts have experienced compounded problems of eroding dirt and cut off bridges.
Yala province's four districts, Raman, Betong, Than To and Muang, have declared as flood-stricken area by the Disaster Relief and Prevention. Hundreds of farmlands are also inundated by flash floods.
Mr.Khongsak Khongpan, official of Yala's Disaster Relief and Prevention, discloses that all four districts have been swamped by a 6.7 meter water level.
Heavy flooding in Narathiwat province has prompted officials in the province to declare up to 8 districts as disaster zones. Provincial administrators revealed the flooding has intensified to a point where some 10 thousand families have had to be evacuated out of the area.
The intense flooding has had no reports of casualties but citizens have had to leave many areas of the province. Estimates show that about 120 villages in 30 tambon have been become uninhabitable. Districts such as Rusoh, Sungai Kolok, Si Sa Khon and Waeng have been declared disaster zones.
The Governor of Narathiwat province, Mr. Karan Suphakitwilekhakarn, reports that the flood situation in the province will return to normal within these two days. However, the districts of Waeng and Sri Sakhon are still submerged.
The governor says the flood level has started to recede as rain stopped falling since yesterday. Provincial government units have distributed aid to residents of the two districts and provided boats for them as the submerged roads cannot be used.
The Meteorological Department has issued a warning today of strong waves and heavy rain in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea.
According to the department, an active low pressure covers the lower South China Sea, close to Yuan peninsula. The pressure is moving slowly toward the Gulf of Thailand, leading to a stronger North-eastern monsoon currently covering the Gulf of Thailand and generating stronger winds in Andaman Sea.
The Mayor of the Tambon Koh Samui Municipality in Surat Thani province, Mr. Warakorn Rattanarak, reports that flooding conditions have inundated roads in Samui district, and the cost of damage is more than 100 million baht.
Mr. Warakorn says main and minor roads of the district, in particular, have been damaged by the flooding conditions. However, he expects that the situation will return to normal within the next two days if rain stops falling.
Phatthalung's Agriculture officer Surasak Suvarnawong warns fruit farmers to be prepared for heavy rain during this period as it could submerge and destroy their crops.
Fruit farmers are advised to drain water out of their plantations quickly and prevent materials from blocking the drainage system. Furthermore, they have to draw off water around the bases of their crops, and they should not allow animals and machines to enter the farmlands with high humidity. They are also advised not to use fertilizers during this period.
Don Sak District Sheriff of Surat Thani province Paisarn Tritanya revealed that the flood situation in the province has begun to subside. He stated that only 3 tambon in the district remain inundated with some 700 families receiving trouble from the waters. The sheriff has thus initiated the distribution of 800 survival kits to citizens.
The Samui Island Sheriff, Mr. Adisorn Kamnerdsiri, called an urgent meeting with related agencies on Samui Island on measures to combat flooding in the district of Samui Island.
Following heavy precipitation from previous days, public utilities on the island have been damaged. Meanwhile, inundation in many areas remains, especially on the main road of business activities such as Taweeraspakdi Road.
Moreover, the "Koh Samui School" has announced a one-day closure due to the heavy flooding.
The Meteorological Department reported at 4 PM today (November 8th) that an active low pressure cell prevailing over the lower southern Thailand causes abundant rain and heavy to very heavy precipitation from Chumphon province southwards. People in the risky areas of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang-nga, Phuket and Krabi provinces should beware of torrential rain and flash flood during this period.
Waves of about two to three meters high are present in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. All ships should proceed with caution while small boats should stay ashore.
Chief of the office of disaster prevention and mitigation in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Phensri Kaewkhumphai, says one school in the province has been temporarily closed due to heavy rain.
Thailand's southern Samui island is declared disaster zone on Thursday after it was hit by heavy rain the night before.
The rain caused flood in several areas on the famous island of Surat Thani Province.
Heavy rain and severe flooding conditions have stricken three districts in the southern province of Surat Thani, including Don Sak, Kanchanadit and Khiri Rat Nikhom.
The Deputy Governor of Surat Thani, Mr. Bunsong Techamaneesathit, says relevant units are urgently assessing the damage from the flooding conditions in the three districts and are ready to aid those affected from the disasters. At the same time, the Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center have provided flat-bottom boats for people in Don Sak district to commute in inundated areas.
Phitsanulok province expedites aid to residents affected by flooding. More than ten million baht compensation have been distributed to the flood victims in two districts .
Governor of Phitsanulok province, Somboon Sriphattanawat, reveals that the flood conditions from August to October this year have damaged agricultural areas, livestock, and fisheries in nine districts. The governor has instructed the districts to survey the damage to assist the affected residents and compensate them in line with the government's regulations.
Surat Thani Deputy Governor Boonsong Techamaneesathit discloses that three districts in Surat Thani Province are being affected by inundation after experiencing heavy rain.
Continuous heavy rain in southern provinces including Surat Thani Province has been causing flooding in many areas, particularly three districts of Don Sak, Kanchanadis and Khirirasnikhom in Surat Thani.
However, many related agencies are providing assistances to flood-affected people. Meanwhile, the province is surveying damages.