Thailand: Floods - May 2017Ongoing
High rainfall intensity has caused flood and flash floods in the northern provinces. Seven provinces and 61 villages were affected. In Kamphaeng Pet, the worst affected province, 800 houses were damaged. Meanwhile, 2,000 families in Uttaradit province were urged to evacuate to safer places due to the situation. In total, 853 houses were reportedly affected in province of Kamphaeng Pet, Uttaradit, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Loei and Udon Thani. Twister hit Takhli district, Nakhon Sawan province, damaging 27 houses and 89 electric poles. (ASEAN - 21 May 2017)
Uthai Thani’s Royal Irrigation Department (RID) office ordered that the Wang Romklao Dam open all three of its floodgates to release water into the Chao Phraya River so that it could take on more upstream water deposited by recent rains. A 24-hour flood watch was called in the area as water levels had risen to critical heights. (Govt. of Thailand, 12 June 2017)
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department warned that all areas of the nation would see thunderstorms and showers with Lopburi hit by runoff after a heavy bout of rain. The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) Office 10 joined military units in Lopburi to setup water barriers along the Phon Thong canal in Baan Mie district of the province in response to forest runoff that has swelled the waterway and resulted in flooding of some farms and residences. (Govt. of Thailand, 22 June 2017)
Heavy rain affected several areas of the country over the past week, especially the northeastern provinces, causing floods and flash floods. At least 1,300 people had been displaced and 160,210 people had been affected in 16 provinces. Locally heavy to very heavy rain was forecast to occur over the north and northeast area of the country, including the ones already affected. (ECHO, 24 July 2017)
Flooding in 18 districts of the Sakon Nakhon province of the Northeast was still causing anxiety and serious problems, according to the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office. In Kalasin province, the flooding had inundated 439 villages in 70 tambons across 15 districts, affecting more than 10,000 households. Eleven districts had been declared disaster zones. (Bangkok Post, 30 Jul 2017)
DDPM declared 11 provinces as disaster affected areas. Forty-four (44) provinces were affected and inundated by the monsoon. The affected areas covered 289 districts, 1,147 sub-districts, 10,487 villages, 43 communities. Twenty-seven (27) people reported death. Ten (10) provinces remain inundated with 274,512 families and 837,896 people affected. Meanwhile recovery process was undergoing in 34 provinces. The impact of the flooding was within the capacity of the government. There was no international assistance request at the moment. (ASEAN - 5 Aug 2017)
According to DDPM, the flood situation had eased in 35 provinces. The other nine affected provinces, eight in the Northeast and one on the Central Plain, remained flooded. As a consequence of flooding, a total of 578,814 households in 12,949 villages were affected and 29 people had died. A total of 4,129 houses, 2,055 roads, 14,097 fish ponds, and over 3 million rai of agricultural land were damaged. Irrigation officials installed 22 water jet propulsion drives across the Moon River at a bridge in Ubon Ratchathani to speed up the rate of discharge into the Mekong River, as a large volume of runoff from other flooded areas was expected to flow into the province through the Moon River. (Bangkok Post, 9 Aug 2017)
Flooding was reported in the northern province of Tak with at least 29 houses in Ban Rom Klao Sahamit in tambon Khiri Rat of Phrop Phra district hit by flash floods after heavy and continual rain. The flooding left a thick layer of mud on the main road of the village, rendering it impassible. Meanwhile, in Prachin Buri, a village at the foot of a hill in Prachantakham district, was hit by a flash flood after hours of torrential rain. The water ranged from 1m to 3m deep and continued to rise as rescuers arrived to evacuate residents. (Bangkok Post, 29 Aug 2017)
People in five provinces were battling prolonged floods, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM). The latest DDPM report said nearly 3,000 families in 23 districts of Kalasin, Roi Et, Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, and Ayutthaya remained in need of assistance. About 10,000 people in those areas were struggling to go about their daily lives. The department had already contacted responsible agencies in the affected areas about providing assistance measures and urged officials in the provinces where the water had subsided to conduct detailed damage assessments, so that the government instigated post-flood assistance programs accordingly. (Govt. of Thailand, 3 Sep 2017)
Flooding had continued to impact several areas of the nation. More than 300 rai of farmland in Khon Kaen had been hit with flooding and local administrators had been ordered to survey damages. Clean up efforts were underway in Ang Thong while over 700 households in three districts of the province were still contending with floodwaters. Royal Irrigation Department (RID) would begin using farmland to take on some 1.5 billion cubic meters of water but assured the process would not cause unwanted flooding. The waters were to be pushed to sea from September 30. (Govt. of Thailand, 12 Sep 2017)
Heavy thunderstorms have triggered severe flooding in ten southern provinces. Satun province has taken the biggest hit, with floodwater was as high as 30 centimeters in the capital district. Meanwhile, in Phichit province, the level of water in the Nan River running through the city’s center, Taphan Hin, and Bang Mun Nak districts has increased at an alarming rate. Local officers say if the water level increases another 40 centimeters, the situation will be critical.The Meteorological Department has reported that southern provinces will continue to experience thundershowers and gusty winds.(Govt. of Thailand, 24 Sep 2017)
In early October, the heaviest rains recorded in 30 years in Phichit province left much of the region inundated and a section of the Nan River swollen to within 20 centimeters of its banks, resulting in widespread flooding of the province. In Ayuthaya province, Governor Sujin Chaichumsak has held a meeting on disaster prevention and mitigation after rains across 6 districts raised water levels to worrying levels. The Meteorological Department forecast harsh weather to continue for the coming week and maintained flood warnings. (Govt. of Thailand, 5 Oct 2017)
Continuous rainfall has triggered heavy flooding in two communities of Uthai Thani Province. Torrential rain caused water in Khlong Pho Reservoir to overflow, causing floods in Phai Khiao and Bo Yang sub-districts of Uthai Thani province. The water level in these communities was reportedly as high as 80 centimeters, damaging roads and compromising several plantation operations. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that rapid flooding has swept Lopburi and Kamphaeng Phet provinces, putting 646 homes under water. (Govt. of Thailand, 8 Oct 2017)
Five people have been killed following the runoff and river overflows in nine Central provinces that affected 140,000 people over the past three days, authorities said on 14 October 2017. Heavy rain from Oct 10-13, a result of a depression and discharge from the Chao Phraya Dam, triggered runoff and overflows in Lop Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Tak and Phichit. Chayaphol Thitisak, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention & Mitigation (DDPM), said 51,669 households in 32 districts were affected. (Bangkok Post, 15 Oct 2017)
In the early hours of 14 October, the amount of rainwater that fell exceeded 200mm in many areas. In total, 55 spots were inundated, causing widespread damage to homes and assets. More torrential downpours is expected in the lower Central region including Bangkok over the next few days because of a monsoon. (Bangkok Post, 17 Oct 2017)
BANGKOK, 22nd October 2017 (NNT) - Some provinces in the upper part of Thailand continue to be hit by ongoing floods.
Water level in the Sakakrang River in Uthai Thani Province has been rising and had almost burst its banks — a situation that has prompted communities living along the river to strengthen the the levee to prevent water from flowing into their villages.
The rise in the water level in the Sakakrang River has been caused by an increase in the volume of water discharged from the Ubol Ratana Dam to 54 million cubic meters per day.
KHON KAEN, 21 October 2017 (NNT) – Villagers have been evacuated to safe areas in the face of a flowing water from Ubol Ratana dam in bid to minimize damages caused by flooding.
Deuty provincial governor Santi Laoboonsangiam said the authorities had decided to increase the volume of the water released from Ubol Ratana dam to 54 million cubic meters, compared to 50 million cubic meters earlier discharged. The water situation prompted the evacuation of the villagers and animals for safety reasons.
WRITER: CHAKRAPAN NATANRI
KHON KAEN: Sandbag walls have failed to hold back the flood building up in two districts, and the overflow has poured into three more villages and across more farms, as water continues to be released from the dangerously brimming Ubonrat dam.
The latest inundation on Friday morning worsened the already critical situation in parts of Khon Kaen's Nam Phong and Muang districts, where preparations are being made for evacuation in a worst case scenario.
The Industrial Estate of Thailand (IEAT) has tightened surveillance at locations across the country, particularly in low-lying areas of Ayutthaya province, to ensure protection from floods, says governor Veerapong Chaiperm.
The government and the IEAT are confident that industrial estates will not sustain flood damage as happened in 2011, as necessary protections have been put in place, he said.
Embankment break threatens villagers
Residents in Sukhothai's Si Satchanalai district are encountering a threat of severe flooding after a massive amount of water burst out of an earthen crest of the Mae Tha Phae reservoir.
The damage occurred almost at the same time as parts of a flood wall along a section of the Pasak River in Phetchabun's Lom Sak district also collapsed, causing powerful overflow into riverside communities.
LOPBURI, 19th October 2017 (NN) – Flooding continues to be reported from many areas with three districts of Khon Kaen province inundated after Ubol Ratana Dam exceeded its holding capacity and a pond burst its banks in Lopburi province.
Authorities are urgently repairing a pond in Kaset University’s Lopburi Campus after a 15 meter stretch of its levee burst due to high pressure. They have so far been successful in closing the gap using Big Bags and wood pikes.
BANGKOK, 19 October 2017, (NNT) - Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has urged people in flooded areas to take protective measures against flood related diseases, particularly leptospirosis and conjunctivitis.
Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Jessada Chokdamrongsuk, has instructed officials at health centers in flooded areas to prepare measures for flood related diseased.
Leptospirosis can be transmitted to humans through cuts and abrasions of the skin, or through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.
Chatchai wants runoff out to sea in 7 days
The government has set a deadline for the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to push massive amounts of runoff from the North out to sea - seven days.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said the move will bring flooded provinces in the Central Plains back to normal within a month.
He said this could be achieved if the Chao Phraya barrage maintains its current release rate of water and the navy uses water-pushing machines to speed up the flow of the river into the Gulf of Thailand.
BANGKOK, 17th October 2017 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has warned of heavy rain today in Bangkok with the Chao Phraya River overflowing in several areas.
A community of Nonthaburi province along the Chao Phraya River has reported various impacts from its rising waters with members of the Tha It Mosque community erecting a sand bag barrier to fend off flood waters.
State, industry predict only short-term fallout
WRITER: APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT
The recent floods across several provinces have inundated business districts and farm areas and will have a short-term impact on the agricultural and food processing sectors, say government and industry officials.
Writer: Om Jotika Sthira
Locals flood-proof homes, fear disease as officials fail them in Nonthaburi and Bangkok
Residents of flood-prone areas in Bangkok were forced to resort to makeshift measures to secure their homes and possessions last weekend after the city was slammed by violent rainstorms that left cars submerged while mothers pulled infants along streets in inflatable dinghies and zebras waded knee-deep at Safari World.
Monsoon trough heads to city, PM orders alert
A fresh round of torrential downpours is expected in the lower Central region including Bangkok over the next few days because of a monsoon trough, according to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).
For the capital in particular, the TMD forecasts that maximum rainfall over the period could be as high as 60 millimetres, which is the maximum level the capital's water drainage system can accommodate, Thongplew Kongjun, Royal Irrigation Department (RID) deputy director-general, said Monday.
BANGKOK, 13th October 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of the Interior has ordered 14 provinces of the south and Prachuapkirikan to prepare for flooding and related disasters expected to take place between now and December and has issued a notice to boat owners that waves created by their journeys through the waterways are causing problems for flood hit homes.
CHIANG MAI, 13 October 2017 (NNT) – Areas of the north and central region have continued to face flood conditions with runoff hitting 2 districts of Chiang Mai province, damaging a school and severing roadways.
Up to 15 buildings of Panya Den International School in Chiang Mai province have been inundated by flood waters with damages to equipment and supplies estimated at no less than 40 million baht in value.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasas is leading relief efforts and ordered urgent aid for all impacted with the situation likely to resolve soon.
Five people have been killed following the runoff and river overflows in nine Central provinces that affected 140,000 people over the past three days, authorities said yesterday.
Heavy rain from Oct 10-13, a result of a depression and discharge from the Chao Phraya Dam, triggered runoff and overflows in Lop Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Tak and Phichit.
Chayaphol Thitisak, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention & Mitigation (DDPM), said 51,669 households in 32 districts were affected.
BMA sets up special centres for afflicted
People in several Central Plains provinces have begun bearing the brunt of the Chao Phraya River overflow.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to set up operation centres in flood-prone areas so that help can be provided to victims without delay.
Deputy Bangkok governor Jakkapan Phiewngam said officials will be on standby around the clock at the centres.
HANOI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across central provinces just last month.
The floods that hit Vietnam this week starting on Monday are the worst in years, state-run Vietnam Television quoted agriculture minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong as saying.
WRITER: CHUDATE SEEHAWONG
CHAI NAT: Villagers from three tambons in Sapphaya district have requested the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) not to increase the volume of released water at night, saying they cannot cope with the resulting flooding.
The Chao Phraya Dam has been forced to increase the rate of water discharge to 2,600 cubic metres per second in response to the rise in the Chao Phraya River's water level on Friday.
By Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer
BANGKOK - Sandbags were placed Thursday along the northern side of both banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, in an effort to prevent possible floods.
Bangkok Governor Police Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang boarded a boat on Thursday to survey areas along the river in the capital and warned that 430 Bangkok homes in 18 communities outside the dyke may soon be affected by the rising water level flowing down the river from upper provinces.
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) and the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) have brushed aside growing concerns of possible flooding in Bangkok similar to the disaster of 2011.
Concerns about possible massive floods in the capital have been mounting following an increase in the water released from the Chao Phraya barrage in Chai Nat to a near "critical level" due to massive runoff from the northern region. In addition, speculation that three more storms are heading to Thailand has added to fears of flooding in Bangkok and nearby provinces.