Thailand: Floods and Landslides - March 2011
In March 2011, an active low pressure cell caused intense rainfall over the Southern Region of Thailand, resulting in unprecedented flash floods in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Patthalung, Narathiwat, Yala, Trang, Phang Nga, Krabi and Satun. Landslides and mudslides were also reported in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Trang and Krabi (Govt, 10 Oct 2011). As of 31 March, 20 people were reported dead and approximately 842,324 people were affected by the disaster (OCHA, 31 Mar 2011). Between 24 March to 4 April, the Thai Red Cross responded to the disaster with 21,006 relief bags, 238,800 bottles of drinking water, 18,045 prepared meals and evacuation assistance. The total value of the operation was 22,735,350 Baht (Thai Red Cross, 4 Apr 2011). In mid-April, the Thai Prime Minister announced that the floods had subsided, with only a few areas around Tapi River remaining inundated. (Govt, 17 Apr 2011)
BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 (NNT) - His Majesty the King yesterday designated Thanpuying Vilawan Viranuwat, an executive member of the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage, to visit children orphaned by floods during 2002-2011 in Ayutthaya Province.
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In 2011, several severe natural disasters had taken place in Thailand, particularly since March onwards. The typical weather in March when the hot season is dominant throughout the country had generally been hot and humid with scarce rainfalls. But in March 2011, a cold snap together with occasional rainfalls occurred in upper Thailand almost the whole month. High-pressure areas extending their ridges from China to cover upper Thailand periodically were found to be the causes of such phenomenon.
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BANGKOK, 29 April 2011 (NNT) – Totally 21 provinces have been devastated by thunderstorms since 1 April 2011, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).
DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong reported that the current climate variability has caused frequent summer thunderstorms, torrential rain and strong gust. Many provinces in the northern, northeastern, central and eastern regions have been hit by the disaster.
BANGKOK, 20 April 2011 (NNT) – The Cabinet has agreed to set aside a budget worth 685 million THB for the renovation of schools in the South which were damaged by the recent floods.
After the weekly Cabinet meeting, Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat announced that an approval had been given to the proposed budget of 685 million THB, which would be spent on reparation works on educational institutions within southern provinces ravaged by flashfloods last month. Based on the survey, a total of 1,355 schools have sustained damages from the catastrophe.
BANGKOK, 20 April 2011 (NNT)-First Army Area Commander Lt General Udomdej Sitabutr is urging Thai people across the country to make donations to help victims of the natural disaster in the South of Thailand.
According to Lt General Udomdej, necessary items such as clothes and food are encouraged as important items for flood victims’ survival. Any interested parties can make donations at the Royal Thai Army on Ratchadamnoen Road.
BANGKOK, 19 April 2011 (NNT) – The Thai Meteorological Department has warned people residing in the upper part of the kingdom of more attacks of summer thunderstorms from now until the middle of May.
According to Deputy Director-General of the Department Somchai Baimuang, thunderstorms recently hit residences in many provinces such as the northeastern provinces of Chaiyaphum, Nong Bua Lamphu and Nakhon Phanom; however, the attack was not as severe as that in 2010.
On 18 April 2011, H.E. Ms. Kristie A. Kenny, Ambassador of the United States of America visited Headquarters of the Thai Red Cross Society and presented a donation of US$ 75,000 to Mr. Phan Wannamethee, Secretary General of the Thai Red Cross. The donation is an emergency grant from the American Government to help people affected by floods in the southern provinces of Thailand.
BANGKOK, 17 April 2011 (NNT)-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in his weekly television program "Confidence in Thailand with PM Abhisit" that floods had subsided in the Southern region as the rehabilitation program had already begun.
The Prime Minister said only a few areas around Tapi River remain inundated. Railways and airport in the South have now resumed their operations. Meanwhile, several electricity generators and water systems are being repaired while most of them have already been fixed.
BANGKOK, 15 April 2011 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban has voiced confidence that flood assistance units will be able to reach out to all victims while new homes are being built for the displaced.
Mr Suthep stated that officials from the Government’s committee for assistance of flood victims would travel to the flood-ravaged provinces in the South during 16-18 April to assess damages incurred by the disaster. He said he had no special instructions for the team as it would be working with the provincial and local administrative authorities.
BANGKOK, 13 April 2011 (NNT) – Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister Panitan Wattanayagorn said floods in the South of Thailand have subsided and victims will receive relief funds after Songkran Festival.
According to Mr. Panitan, the Cabinet has approved another budget of 935 million THB to reconstruct roads damaged by the flood. Many roads have been inaccessible making it difficult for rescue teams to reach flood victims.
BANGKOK, 12 April 2010 (NNT) – The Cabinet has agreed to set aside over 935 million THB for the renovation of transport routes in southern provinces damaged by the recent floods.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Supachai Jaisamut announced that the Cabinet had endorsed a budget, worth more than 935 million THB, proposed by the committee for the assistance of flood victims for spending on the reparation of transport infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, throughout ten flood-ravaged provinces in the South.
BANGKOK, 10 April 2011 (NNT)- Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs, Suthep Thaugsuban states that the recovery of southern provinces and the estimations of damages can be completed within 1-2 days
Before making another trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Mr. Suthep revealed that the majority of southern provinces had recovered from its devastating states. Only a few districts of Surat Thani province remain unsettled due to the overflowing Tapi River.
BANGKOK, 11 April 2011 (NNT) – The committee for assistance of flood victims will send a team of staff to troubled areas in the South during 16-18 April to inform those affected about the home renovation program.
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BANGKOK, 10 April 2011 (NNT)-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in his regular television program, Confidence in Thailand with PM Abhisit that every flood affected family would receive 5,000 baht grant aid after Songkran Festival while the flood relief budget was estimated to amount to 3 billion baht.
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney provided USD 75,000 from the U.S. Government in disaster relief assistance to the Thai Red Cross. The assistance, made available through USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, is in response to the extensive damage and the humanitarian need caused by recent heavy rains and floods.
BANGKOK, 6 April 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has delivered 229,000 sets of medicines to the South while mobile medical units have given services to over 50,000 residents so far.
BANGKOK, 6 April 2011 (NNT)-President of the Federation of Thai Industries Payungsak Chartsutipol has said the flood crisis in the South has no impact on laborers while business owners are struggling to keep their businesses afloat.
According to Mr. Payungsak, officials will investigate factories affected by the floods as soon as the water has subsided. Serious damages anticipated to have covered vast areas of the southern provinces. He added that laborers have neither been laid off nor affected by the disaster.