Thailand: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2019Ongoing
On 29 August 2019, Tropical Storm (TS) Podul crossed into north-east and northern Thailand bringing rainfall and winds causing flash flooding and landslides affecting 32 provinces namely Amnat Charoen, Chaiyaphoom, Chiang Mai, Chumporn, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Loei, Lumpang, Mae Hong Son, Maha Sarakham, Mukdaharn, Nakorn Phanom, Nan, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Petchaboon, Phitsanulok, Pichit, Pracheenburi, Prae, Ranong, RoiEt, Sakon Nakorn, Srakeo, Sri Saket, Sukhothai, Surin, Trad, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Utaradit and Yasothorn). As of 7 September, 147 districts, 581 sub-districts, 3,142 villages, five (5) municipalities, and 11 communities are affected.
According to the Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), approximately 158,028 households have been affected, and 19 deaths reported (of 6 September 2019); however, assessments are ongoing. The catastrophe causing damages to infrastructure and assets, including 3,818 houses, 439 schools and 57 health facilities damaged; 1,503,367 rai (equivalent to 240,538 hectares) of crops inundated, 1,065 prawn farms, 16,577 fish farms, and 814,816 livestock (cattle, goats, pigs and poultry) affected. There is only partial access possible in six affected provinces as roads are damaged and/or submerged.
The Government of Thailand has announced emergency assistance plans in 14 provinces; and is continuing to conduct evacuations in 10 provinces (Amnat Charoen, Khon Kaen, Petchaboon, Phitsanulok Pichit, Roi-Et, Sri Saket, Sukhothai, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothorn). The emergency assistance includes evacuations, setting up disaster relief shelters, as well as provision of food and drinking water.
There are concerns that the situation will be exacerbated by the impact of Tropical Storm Kajiki which entered Thailand on 3 September 2019; and has brought more rains in six provinces (Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Loei, Lumpang, Ubon Ratchathani and Uttaradit). (IFRC, 7 Sep 2019)
In Thailand, 19 deaths have been reported, 158,000 are affected and more than 4,300 buildings damaged and in Cambodia, 7 died and approximately 6,900 families were displaced. Over the next 24 hours moderate rainfall is forecast over most of the region, with locally heavy rainfall over northern Vietnam, and central-east Thailand. Locally very heavy rainfall is also expected over north-west Thailand. (ECHO, 12 Sep 2019)
As of 16 September, 24,000 people were displaced and 32 people were killed in floods in the four northeastern provinces of Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon, where the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is leading the response with support from the Red Cross. (OCHA, 16 Sep 2019)
Following Tropical Storm PODUL and Tropical Depression KAJIKI's passage, widespread floods have affected 32 Thai provinces since the end of August. Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, Roi Et, and Sisaket Provinces are the most affected and still in critical conditions. According to media reports, as of 19 September, 33 people are confirmed dead, 23,000 have been evacuated and 418,000 affected. At least 4,000 houses and 325,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed. The authorities have deployed rescue and emergency teams to help the affected population. For the next 24 hours, heavy rain is forecast over northern, north-eastern and upper central provinces. (ECHO, 19 Sep 2019)
Most read reports
- Govt. Thailand: Flooding eases in Ubon Ratchathani, more pumps installed. 21 Sep 2019
- Govt. Thailand: Government to set up war room on flood victims assistance. 21 Sep 2019
- ECHO: Thailand - Floods (GDACS, TMD, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 19 September 2019). 19 Sep 2019
- Govt. Thailand: PM orders ministries to provide more help to flood victims. 20 Sep 2019
- AHA Centre: Weekly Disaster Update 09 – 15 Sep 2019. 17 Sep 2019
BANGKOK, 21st September 2019 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) will lead a team of volunteers to rehabilitate the extensive flooded areas of Ubon Ratchathani next week. It has also prepared an urgent plan to help flood-affected farmers by providing them with seeds and production aids, organizing a team to repair agricultural tools and listening to their problems immediately after the flood water has subsided.
BANGKOK, 21st September 2019 (NNT) - The National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Command, with Interior Minister Gen Anuphong Phaochinda as the commander, has announced an upgrade of disaster management to a large scale disaster management plan from level 2 to level 3, in accordance with the National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Plan 2015.
YASOTHORN, 21st September 2019 (NNT) - The deputy secretary general of the Chulabhorn Royal Academy, has delivered royal bags of subsistence items to flood victims in Yasothorn and Mukdaharn.
The government is to set up a war room for assistance to flood victims. The service is to be provided in a systematic and consistent manner able to keep the people continually informed. The war room will act as center for data and information from all government agencies and will clarify them on a daily basis.
Thiraphat Prayoonsit, the permanent secretary-designate of the Prime Minister’s Office, chaired a meeting to initiatate the setting up of the war room for flood victims aid; it is scheduled to officially open on September 23.
UBON RATCHATHANI, 19 September 2019 (NNT) - The overall flood situation in Ubon Ratchathani has steadily improved, with the water level of the Moon River dropping by 16 centimeters. The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) is to install 260 water pumps to speed up drainage, as more rain is expected in the northeastern province over the next two days.
• Following the passage of Tropical Storm PODUL on 29 August 2019, and under the influence of Tropical Depression KAJIKI on 3 September 2019 which have enhanced the Southwest Monsoon, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) of Thailand has reported that flooding has affected 32 provinces across Thailand, and particularly in the northeastern part.
Weather Patterns, General Behaviour of the Mekong River and Flood Situation
General weather patterns
BANGKOK, 18 September 2019 (NNT) - At the Cabinet meeting yesterday, the Prime Minister ordered the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Interior to increase compensation and restoration measures for flood victims, and ensure these measures are rapidly delivered to affected persons.
- Following Tropical Storm PODUL and Tropical Depression KAJIKI's passage, widespread floods have affected 32 Thai provinces since the end of August. Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, Roi Et, and Sisaket Provinces are the most affected and still in critical conditions.
- According to media reports, as of 19 September, 33 people are confirmed dead, 23,000 have been evacuated and 418,000 affected. At least 4,000 houses and 325,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed.
BANGKOK, 18 September 2019 (NNT) - The government insists that it is doing everything it can to help the nation’s flood victims, with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Interior launching new flood relief measures.
The monsoon rain band has been enhanced by a low pressure system near the Philippines, and has brought scattered shows over some parts of the northern ASEAN region, as reported by the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC). On the other hand, persistent hotspots with moderate to dense haze continue to be detected in Sumatra and Kalimantan (Indonesia) and may not be immediately subdued due to the continuous dry season in the southern ASEAN region.
BANGKOK, 16 September 2019 (NNT) - The government assured that flood victims will not be abandoned and will be fully assisted regarding flood-related losses, adding that donated money will be handled in a transparent manner.
BANGKOK (NNT) - Preparations have been made for the Central Plains to retain excessive water flowing from northern areas. In Ayutthaya province, farmers scrambled to harvest their rice before the excess water is released into empty land. Ayutthaya’s industrial estates have been prepared to cope with drought as well as flooding. Given the experience of 2011’s flood crisis, barriers have been built after the Chao Phraya dam released 750 cubic meters of water per second.
Severe floods remain in the four northeastern provinces of Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon, and about 24,000 residents have been evacuated.
Chayaphol Thitisak, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, updated the flooding report on Sunday. He said 24,235 people have been evacuated from severely flooded areas in Roi Et, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon.
- After Tropical Storm PODUL and Tropical Depression KAJIKI's passage in recent weeks, flooding has affected Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.
- According to DG ECHO, as of 11 September, 10 deaths have been reported in Vietnam, around 2,000 displaced and approximately 12,150 buildings damaged. The same source reports 14 deaths, 1 missing, 102,000 displaced and 150,000 affected in Laos. In Thailand, 19 deaths have been reported, 158,000 are affected and more than 4,300 buildings damaged and in Cambodia, 7 died and approximately 6,900 families were displaced.
BANGKOK, 1 September 2019(NNT) -
The Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has instructed the Ministry of the Interior to integrate the operations of relevant agencies in charge of helping those affected by tropical storm Podul. Already, 12 provinces in Thailand have been hit by floods.
WRITER: PIYARAT CHONGCHAROEN AND POST REPORTERS
Riverside communities in Kanchanaburi province are being warned of likely flooding as irrigation officials increase the discharge rate from Vajiralongkorn Dam in Thong Pha Phum district.
Waiwit Saengpanit, director of Vajiralongkorn dam, said about 25 million cubic metres of water will be discharged from Sept 10-15, up from the planned 20 million cu/m, due to the steady inflow from upstream.
BANGKOK (NNT) - The government has insisted that it is capable of addressing the flood situation in the country in a timely manner, with relevant agencies urgently draining the flood water, assessing the damage in farm areas and assisting those affected.
The Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Ratchada Thanadirek, said the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, had instructed all related units to look after the people affected by tropical storm Podul.