Thailand: Floods - Oct 2013
From July 2013, Thailand faced sporadic flooding, mainly in the north and north-eastern provinces. In late September, seasonal rainfall was further exacerbated by the combined impact of several tropical storms resulting in climatic depressions over Thailand that led to heavy rainfall in many provinces throughout the country. By early October, 45 of 76 provinces were affected by floods, with 25 provinces considered severely affected. The reported death toll from these floods has risen to 61 people, and more than 3.5 million are affected. (IFRC, 17 Oct 2013)
NCPO agreed to extend enforcement of the Emergency Decree in 3 southernmost provinces for another 3 months, and approved budget to help farmers and disaster victims. June 17, 2014, at 1500hrs, Chair of State Budget Inspection Committee (SBIC) Lt.Gen. Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Agricultural Promotion Department’s Deputy Director General Namchai Prommeechai, together with Col. Winthai Suvaree, Army Deputy Spokesperson, Capt. Dr. Yongyuth Mayalarp, M.D., civilian Spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) held a press briefing at Santi Maitree Building, Government House.
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NARATHIWAT, 12 January 2014 (NNT) - The Governor of Narathiwat Province, Mr. Natthapong Sirichana, the Deputy Governor of Narathiwat Province, Mr. Sitthichai Sakda, and relevant officials visited flood-stricken areas in Waeng and Su-ngai Kolok districts after continual heavy rain occurred throughout the past week.
BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 (NNT) - His Majesty the King has assigned the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage to visit people affected by the cold spell in the North and floods in the southern region.
In Soi Dao district in the northern province of Chiang Mai, representatives of the foundation yesterday distributed blankets to 1,000 families. According to the provincial data, more than 30,000 people are being affected by the cold weather and 21,000 more blankets are needed for distribution to affected families.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 17 December 2013 (NNT) - Flooding in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat has ended while the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office has estimated the damage from the floods at 300 million baht.
Chief of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Chetsada Watthananurak said the flooding had taken place in the province since 20 November 2013 but now most of the flooded areas had returned to their normal conditions. All of the special centers set up to tackle the flooding have been closed.
ANGKOK, 15 December 2013, (NNT) --The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has announced improvement of flood situation in 10 Southern provinces, whereas 6 northern provinces have been declared disaster zones due to drops in temperature.
The ongoing heavy rain has continued to batter the South since November 21, causing flash floods and river bursting its banks in 12 provinces. Twenty deaths have been reported so far, with the highest number of 6 deaths reported in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.
BANGKOK, 12 December 2013 (NNT) - Flooding in the southern region has reportedly eased with the situation in only three provinces remaining critical.
The Interior Ministry made known that Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Trang continued to be hit by floods as nearly 70,000 rai of agricultural land had been damaged by inundation. Local authorities are speeding up assistance to affected areas which include rehabilitation plans and compensation payments.
PATTANI, 11 December 2013 (NNT) — The high pressure cell covering Thailand's upper region is forecast to contribute to sustained chilly weather and morning fog in the North. In the meantime, flooding in the southern provinces of Phatthalung and Pattani has started to recede.
BANGKOK, 10 December 2013 (NNT) – The flood situation in the South has begun to improve as water levels have receded in many areas.
However, certain areas in Songkhla province continue to be hit by heavy rains, especially Khuan Khanun and Muang Districts; where Songkhla Lake is located nearby. However, flood situations in other districts of Songkhla have already returned to normal.
NARATHIWAT, 8 December 2013 (NNT) - Flooding in Narathiwat Province has subsided but authorities will continue to monitor the situation throughout the month of December.
Mr. Mahamaphisakri Wamae, Narathiwat’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Division Officer, reported on flooding in the province. He said that water levels in three main rivers, including Kolok River, Bang Nara River, and Sai Buri River, have subsided and almost returned to normal conditions due to the lack of rain for the past few days.
BANGKOK, 5 December 2013 (NNT) - Floods in Thailand’s South have intensified with heavy rains lashing towns and water levels rising.
Forecasts from the Meteorological Department indicated that the northeast monsoon continues to rage, bringing torrential rains to provinces on the east coast of the South which include Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. The department advised that all shipping should proceed with caution due to rising tides at this time.
BANGKOK, 29 November 2013 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has revealed that flooding in the South has lifted in 5 provinces; however, the provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Pattani remain afflicted.
According to Chatchai Phromloet, director-general of the department, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has told his department to collaborate with provincial authorities to quickly relieve the troubles of flood-affected people and repair damage.
PHATTHALUNG, 25 November 2013 (NNT) - The flood levels in various areas of the southern province of Phatthalung have now decreased after the halt in rainfall. However, 12 schools still remain closed.
Although the overall situation in Phatthalung seems to be improving, flooding is still visible in some areas, including Mueang, Khuan Khanun, Khao Chaison, and Pak Phayun districts. Meanwhile, 12 primary schools will be closed until November 27 due to inundation in school areas.
The Governor of Chumphon has recruited officers from all sectors to aid people affected by heavy floods as the main southern highway has been cut off due to high runoff.
Chumphon Governor Peerasak Hinmuangkow stated that 8 districts of the Chumphon have been affected by flooding including Muang, Sawi, Thung Tako, Lang Suan and Lamae Districts. Overflow from various canals and waterways have inundated households and agricultural lands across a wide area.
SURAT THANI, 23 November 2013 (NNT) - Surat Thani Deputy Governor Wongsiri Promchana reported that continual heavy rain has caused flooding in low lying areas in 13 districts, 14 sub-districts, and 77 villages, affecting 1,959 households and 8,200 people.
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 25 November 2013 (NNT) – The Prachuap Khiri Khan Office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPM) has updated the current flood disaster situation in 3 districts, Muang, Bang Saphan and Bang Saphan Noi.
The situation has now eased slightly and a scuba diving rescue team is on patrol searching for one of the relief volunteers who has been swept away by the currents. They expect to find him by today. Suthep Ruenthawin, Head of the Prachuap Khiri Khan DPM Office said that the floods in the three districts were due to heavy rains.
BANGKOK, 22 November 2013 (NNT) - More than 500 households in the southern border province of Pattani are critically flooded due to heavy rains and water discharged from a major dam. Evacuation centers will be established for the affected people.
Many districts in Pattani have been flooded since 20 November 2013 after the heavy rains fell continuously, causing the water level of the Pattani River to rise. The province’s flood situation was worsened by the local irrigation office’s opening of seven sluice gates.
The floods are expected to expand during these 2-3 days.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
2013 main season rice production forecast at a record level
Average rice exports forecast in 2013
Domestic prices of rice declining and at low levels
Overall food security in the country is satisfactory